Friday, July 6, 2012

Heart Doctors Concerned Over Pradaxa and Xarelto

 Evidence of the harm caused by the blood thinning drugs Pradaxa and Xarelto continues to grow.  How safe are these drugs and are they really preferable to Wafarin?  Doctors warn that neither of these new drugs has a known antidote for excessive bleeding issues, but Wafarin does.

 "They say that real world use of Pradaxa and Xarelto, which do not require regular blood monitoring or frequent doctor follow-up, raises concerns about the risk of stroke, serious bleeding and blood clots if not taken properly, particularly in patients with poor kidney function.

The nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices estimated last month that 542 reports of deaths associated with Pradaxa were reported to the FDA in 2011, topping all other medicines, including warfarin, with 72 deaths. Adverse event reports on Xarelto were not available."


  1. Pradaxa is an effective anti-stroke drug, but it's effect can also endanger the life of it's user. In the case of Warfarin (which is also an anti- coagulant), it prevents stroke by inhibiting vitamin k and therefore can be reversed by changing diet.
    The Pradaxa drug is an effective anti-coagulant but the effects could not be reversed. Thus, it can cause excessive amount of bleeding (when injured) which I think is equally dangerous to what it supposed to treat. In fact, the legal community keep eyeing on this drug to acquire evidence for possible Pradaxa lawsuit. So, be careful next time and consult a doctor for a safer prescription.

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