Internal Bleeding Side Effects
Written by Faith Anderson on January 18, 2012
Internal Bleeding Side Effects
Although internal bleeding is generally known as bleeding that can’t be seen outside the body, healthcare professionals typically use more specific terms that describe exactly where the bleeding can be found inside the body; i.e. intracranial bleeding (head) or intra-abdominal bleeding (abdomen). Internal bleeding occurs when damage to a vein or artery allows blood to escape the circulatory system, collecting inside the body. Internal bleeding may occur within tissues, organs, or in cavities of the body, including the abdomen, head or chest. Despite the fact that anyone can suffer from internal bleeding as a result of injuries like blunt trauma or bone fractures, internal bleeding also often occurs as a side effect of medications, primarily anticoagulant medications like Pradaxa, Plavix and warfarin. If you have taken one of these medications and have subsequently suffered from a major side effect like internal bleeding, contact a defective drug attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse.
Internal Bleeding Symptoms
The amount of internal bleeding that occurs depends on the amount of damage an organ sustains, as well as the blood vessels that supply it, and the body’s ability to repair damage to the walls of the blood vessels. The body’s natural repair mechanisms include the ability of blood vessels to go into spasm to decrease blood flow to an injured area, and the body’s blood clotting system. Unfortunately, patients who take blood thinners like Pradaxa, Plavix and warfarin are more prone to bleeding, as these drugs work to prevent blood clot formation. Common symptoms of internal bleeding include lethargy, frequent nosebleeds, joint pain and swelling, pink or brown urine, dizziness or weakness, coughing up blood, and unusual bruising or bleeding.
Internal Bleeding Treatment and Complications
Although the proper treatment for internal bleeding depends on where the bleeding is located, the individual situation, and the patient’s stability, the main goals of internal bleeding treatment include identifying the source of the bleed and repairing any damage the bleeding may have caused. Although patients suffering from internal bleeding associated with the blood thinner warfarin can typically be treated with vitamin K, there is currently no antidote for internal bleeding caused by direct thrombin inhibitors like Pradaxa. Unfortunately, if internal bleeding is not immediately recognized and treated, it can result in potentially fatal complications like organ failure, shock and death.
Legal Help for Internal Bleeding Victims
Due to the severity of internal bleeding side effects potentially linked to certain prescription drugs, it is important that patients weigh the potential risks of these medications against the possible benefits of treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from internal bleeding side effects and you believe a pharmaceutical drug to be the cause, contact an experienced defective drug attorney immediately. You may have grounds to file a defective drug lawsuit against the drug manufacturing company, in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering. In addition, if a loved one has died as a result of pharmaceutical drug-related internal bleeding, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue financial compensation for any associated expenses, including funeral costs, emotional suffering, and loss of income. With the help of a knowledgeable defective drug lawyer, you can protect your legal rights and collect the compensation you deserve.