Since Pradaxa is a blood thinner, one of the dangers is severe internal bleeding. This includes:
- General bleeding — Nearly 17% of people taking Pradaxa suffer bleeding
- Major (serious) bleeding — Just over 3% of those taking Pradaxa suffer major bleeding.
- Life-threatening bleeding — Up to 1.5% of people taking Pradaxa have life threatening bleeding.
- Bleeding in the brain — Just 0.3% suffer bleeding in the brain while on Pradaxa.
Taking Pradaxa can cause serious bleeding if it affects your blood clotting proteins more than normal. It is very important that you speak to your doctor if you have any signs of serious bleeding, including:
- unusual pain
- swelling (this can be a sign of internal bleeding)
- heavy bruising
- excessive bleeding from cuts
- excessive bleeding of the gums
- nosebleeds, especially if more frequent than normal
- unusually heavy/prolonged menstrual flow
- bloody urine (sometimes urine can look pink or darker than normal)
- coughing up blood
- vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds
- severe headaches
- bloody/black/tarry stools
Pradaxa has dangerous side effects that can seriously harm or kill those using Pradaxa. This includes:
- bleeding of the brain
- heavy internal bleeding
- increased risk of heart attack
- death from internal bleeding
So far there have been 260 reported deaths from Pradaxa users. This number is sure to rise as more users take Pradaxa. You may have recently seen Pradaxa commercials on TV as the advertising for this drug has increased, even with all the reported issues of late. The FDA is currently investigating these claims to make sure that this drug is safe enough to be taking.