The recent death of an elderly man from a catastrophic brain hemorrhage after a routine fall suggests that bleeding complications from the new stroke prevention drug Pradaxa (generic: dabigatran) may be irreversible.
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What’s the problem?
March 7, 2012 – Three University of Minnesota doctors analyzed and evaluated the events that led to the death of an 83-year-old man for what initially was seen as a rather routine fall, according to the Journal of Neurosurgery.
When the man was first admitted to the university’s medical center, he was fully alert and in control of his faculties, and his neurological examination showed no findings of great concern. Computed tomography (CT) scans revealed tiny superficial areas of hemorrhage in the brain, but within hours new scans revealed extensive progression of hemorrhaging. Unfortunately, efforts to reverse the complications ultimately proved ineffective, as the patient fell into a deep coma and subsequently passed away.
“In the event of traumatic hemorrhage in patients receiving dabigatran … there are currently no effective reversal agents” to neutralize the drug, the report said.
Having an intimate understanding of Pradaxa’s potential interactions is of critical importance for medical personnel when using the drug to control catastrophic bleeding, the report said.
The authors of the research speculated that emergency dialysis may be able to remove up to 60% of Pradaxa from the bloodstream in two to three hours, but that option was not implemented with the elderly patient. “By the time of his deterioration it was too late to implement effectively.”
Due to the fact that falls and general motor coordination problems are common in elderly individuals, brain hemorrhages from even minor trauma are likely to increase as more patients undergo treatment with Pradaxa, the report said.
Pradaxa was manufactured to be a replacement for Coumadin (generic: warfarin), and is supposed to require less monitoring and be easier to use. However, warfarin can be quickly counteracted by doses of Vitamin K when an internal bleeding problem occurs. This does not work with Pradaxa or any of the other newer generation of blood thinners such as Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban).
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