The Dangers of Blood Clot Medications and Devices
November 17th, 2015|
Blood Clot Risks
It’s no secret that blood clots can be extremely hazardous to your health, but the medications and devices used to prevent blood clots present serious risks as well. That’s why the legal staff at Norris Injury Lawyers are pointing out a few products you may want to avoid in your battle against blood clots.
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small spider-like devices that are inserted into the largest vein in the body in order to catch blood clots before they can make their way to the heart or lungs, where they could lead to heart attacks and strokes. Research has shown these devices are notorious for breaking inside the body and becoming lodged where they shouldn’t be though, causing patients to suffer serious IVC filter injuries and even death.
Anticoagulant medications, such as Pradaxa® and Xarelto®, are also commonly used to prevent blood clots from developing. These drugs have also been linked to causing users to suffer serious blood thinner injuries, such as uncontrollable bleeding events. In fact, users of these medications face three times the risk of suffering this particular drug injury as compared to those who are not taking this type of medication.
The risks associated with blood clot prevention devices and drugs leave many citizens wondering what they can do to ensure they are safe from harm. The legal staff at Norris Injury Lawyers suggest regularly visiting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website to check for any recalls involving your device or drug. We also suggest discussing any questions or concerns you have about an anticoagulant product with your physician before consenting to treatment.