Eliquis Usage, Side Effects, FDA Warnings & Problems
Is the effective blood thinner eliquis safe to use?
Eliquis is a powerful, prescription-only blood-thinning medication – technically, an anticoagulant – manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, two of the largest pharmaceutical corporations in the world.
Doctors prescribe Eliquis to their patients in order to reduce the occurrence of the blood clots that can cause strokes and embolisms. If your doctor determines that you are an elevated risk for either of these conditions, he or she may prescribe Eliquis.
Eliquis is also sometimes prescribed to prevent the occurrence of a serious condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVM), which may occur in certain at-risk patients after knee or hip replacement surgery.
Eliquis works by reducing your body’s ability to produce a naturally occurring enzyme called thrombin, which causes blood to clot by converting fibrinogen to fibrin.
Eliquis was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012, after the drug passed a series of clinical trials.
What are the problems & side effects that have been reported with Eliquis?
Eliquis is a very effective blood-thinner, and most of its side effects are related to that function.
Some of the side effects of Eliquis are relatively minor, such as:
• bleeding gums
• “minor bleeding events,” such as when a small cut bleeds more than is usual
But some of the side effects of Eliquis are more serious. If you take Eliquis and have experienced any of the following side effects, you should consult your doctor immediately.
• bleeding that lasts an unusually long time, especially from the gums and/or menstrual or other vaginal bleeding
• severe or uncontrollable bleeding
• pain or swelling
• red, pink, or brown urine
• red or black stools
• coughing up blood
• vomit that contains blood or resembles coffee grounds
Yet a third group of Eliquis side effects – also related to the drug’s powerful blood-thinning abilities – present situations that are potentially life-threatening. If you take Eliquis, any of the following side effects qualifies as a medical emergency.
• deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
• brain bleeding
• kidney bleeding
• intestinal bleeding
• any kind of hemorrhage
• bleeding during pregnancy
• blood clots from a premature discontinuation of the medication
Even though Eliquis was engineered specifically to reduce the likelihood of stroke, the medication has in fact been implicated in causing strokes in some people who take it.
A study by the prestigious British Medical Journal found that, in some people who take it, Eliquis can increase the risk of stroke by up to 20 percent.
In the case of any of the most severe side effects, Eliquis can cause death.
Eliquis and the law
To date, despite the fact that Eliquis has been linked to serious health problems and death, the drug has not been recalled by the FDA.
Neither has Eliquis been the subject of a class action suit or a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case. These kinds of lawsuits gather together complaints made by multiple people, and consolidate them to allow them to be more effectively tried.
Some individual lawsuits, however, have been filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer over Eliquis. We believe that more will soon be filed.
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that the tide will soon turn, and that the filing of a larger class action or MDL suit against the makers of Eliquis is all but inevitable. One such trial is in the works in New York.
The thrust of the lawsuits over Eliquis is that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer knowingly manufactured, marketed, and sold a potentially dangerous drug without disclosing its risks to doctors or consumers. Some lawsuits go further, claiming that the drugmakers concealed and changed data about Eliquis’s side effects when the drug was undergoing FDA trials.
How TheLawFirm.com can help
We believe that if you’ve taken Eliquis and have suffered serious health problems as a result, you may entitled to receive significant financial compensation.
The expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have been handling “bad drug” cases for years, and we know how to win them. If you believe that Big Pharma has compromised your health – and your life – for the sake of profit, then we want to help you.
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