Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an oral anticoagulant manufactured by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson that is used to thin the blood to prevent dangerous blood clots from forming and to protect against strokes. In 2012, Xarelto was approved to treat a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot that forms deep inside veins of the legs and pelvis. If part of the clot breaks away and moves to the lungs, it can lead to the formation of a pulmonary embolism (PE). Xarelto is prescribed for use in patients with heart rhythm disorders, known as atrial fibrillation, as well as for patients undergoing hip and knee replacements, in order to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot (thrombus). DVT is a common problem and usually results from inactivity such as sitting on a long airplane flight, a recovery from a stroke or certain types of operations.
Serious Medical Concern and Litigation Erupts Over Xarelto Use
Although Xarelto was approved for use in 2011 and is one of the newest blood thinners on the market, it is already the subject of claims and litigation, being linked to severe and even fatal side effects. In 2012, multiple deaths associated with blood loss were directly attributed to Xarelto.
There is also serious concern within the medical community that Xarelto may be as dangerous as the prescription blood-thinning medication Pradaxa. In a 2012 update reported by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, blood thinning medications, including Xarelto, had the highest number of serious side effects reported to the FDA, “reinforcing the conclusion that anticoagulants rank among the highest risks associated with drug therapy.”
Internal Bleeding Caused by Xarelto is Dangerous and Irreversible
The use of Xarelto has caused a number of extremely serious side effects with the most dangerous being uncontrollable internal bleeding. Similar to all blood thinners, Xarelto can potentially increase the risk of internal bleeding; however, as reported by the FDA, the danger with this particular drug is that once internal bleeding starts, there is currently no emergency antidote or rapid form of management to stop it. Dialysis cannot even be used to flush Xarelto out of the body’s system. Severe uncontrollable bleeding significantly increases the risk of death.
Severe and Potentially Fatal Side Effects Caused by Xarelto
In addition to uncontrollable internal bleeding, Xaralto use is linked to a number of serious side effects and adverse drug interactions. Individuals who are taking Xarelto and have spinal injections, epidurals or surgery have an increased risk of forming blood clots in the spine, which can cause paralysis. Premature discontinuation of Xarelto has also been found to increase the risk of thrombotic events. Serious and potentially fatal side effects of Xarelto use include the following:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Rectal and urogenital bleeding
- Brain hemorrhage
- Abnormal liver function
- Reduced platelet levels
Additional Adverse Side Effects Reported by Xarelto Users
Beyond irreversible internal bleeding and life threatening blood clots, Xarelto users have also reported experiencing the following adverse side effects:
- Hemorrhage in the eye
- Rapid heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Nose bleeds
- Muscle pain
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If you or a loved one has experienced internal bleeding or other serious side effects after taking Xarelto, it is critical to understand your legal rights in order to recover for any and all damages suffered. We are dedicated to carefully evaluating the facts of your particular situation and effectively pursuing appropriate legal action to fully compensate you for your losses; including medical expenses, lost wages, therapy costs, emotional distress, and wrongful death. Take charge of your health and financial well-being and contact Slack Davis Sanger today for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our highly experienced medical and pharmaceutical attorneys.