Atrial Fibrillation and Pradaxa
Many patients that have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation find it difficult to choose the kind of medication to prescribe to because all the drugs used to treat this condition have several pros and cons. If left unchecked, atrial could lead to systemic embolisms and strokes which could prove fatal. There are two types of drugs that are commonly used to treat this condition that is Warfarin and the recently released Pradaxa which is manufactured by the global pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim.
What is atrial fibrillation and how can it be treated?
Arterial embolism is a condition that occurs in the human body in which there is excessive clotting of blood inside the veins and arteries. The clotting if not treated immediately might lead to systemic embolisms or even stroke. Therefore, finding a substance that can control the blood clotting process is finding the solution for this ailment.
Pradaxa does that exactly as it checks on the body’s production of the hormone thrombin which is responsible for the blood clotting process. This is very different to the working of Warfarin which acts to reduce production of vitamin k which is responsible for stimulating blood clotting.
Despite the life saving nature of Pradaxa, it also poses a potential death threat to patients using it. This is so because it acts to stop the body from clotting blood and therefore in cases where the user is involved in an accident he/she may bleed to death. In fact, there have been several reported cases of patients using Pradaxa bleeding to death as medical personnel watched helplessly since they could not do anything to stop it.
This drug also is one of the few drugs developed that don’t have a known antidote. This means that once you take the drug and then you are involved in an accident that causes you to bleed; there is no medication that can be given to you so that you reverse the effects of the drug. All you will have to do is pass time and pray that you survive for long enough for the effect of the drug to subside inside your body.
Why an atrial fibrillation patient needs an attorney
Since a patient using Pradaxa life’s at stake here, it is important that the patient finds a lawyer who can represent him/her in case of any eventuality. This is especially important for those patients who subscribed to this drug before the manufacturers started displaying warning messages of the drug usage in the drug’s packaging. In any case, the patient needs an experienced lawyer who is also a very good negotiator and can therefore ensure that you get the best deals from this company in case you opt to settle the matter out of court.
In case it is necessary to file a Pradaxa lawsuit in the courts, the lawyer will fully represent the patient and argue it out in the court on his/her behalf. The lawyer will also ensure that all the rights and privileges of the patient are respected.
Stanley James is a full-time blogger for 1-800-LawFirm and provides helps tips on various legal and health issues. He enjoys golf and fly fishing in his spare time.