Pradaxa is a blood thinner designed to prevent strokes in at-risk individuals. Unfortunately, this medication may cause hemorrhaging, a result that can be dangerous and even fatal.
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A stroke occurs when blood flow to one area of the brain is blocked or cut off, which leads to oxygen deprivation and brain cell death.
There are two types of strokes:
The lasting results of a stroke vary depending on the area of the brain that sustained oxygen deprivation. Individuals who are at a higher risk of stroke due to “atrial fibrillation” or a heart rhythm may be prescribed blood-thinning medications in order to prevent a blood clot from forming. Pradaxa is one such medication.
Approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for stroke prevention, Pradaxa (dabigatran) works by inhibiting the enzyme thrombin, which the body requires in order for blood clots to form. Pradaxa is manufactured by the drug company Boehringer Ingelheim. In April 2014, the FDA also approved Pradaxa for use in treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), with certain limitations. Pradaxa is also being used off-label at an increasing rate—which means doctors are prescribing the drug for uses other than those approved by the FDA.
Some of the side effects Praxada has since been associated with include:
Pradaxa was designed to be a substitute for another blood thinner called warfarin. The effects of warfarin can be quickly reversed by vitamin K, which counteracted the medication and allowed blood to clot. Unfortunately, this also meant that many patients were inadvertently consuming vitamin K and counteracting the effects of the prescription. Pradaxa was produced in response to this issue. In October 2015, an intravenous Pradaxa antidote called Praxbind was approved by the FDA. Unfortunately, many patients experienced severe bleeding because of Pradaxa prior to the development of the medication’s reversal mechanism.
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