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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Dangers of Xarelto

What injuries have been linked to Xarelto?

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a drug released by Bayer Healthcare in tandem with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to thin the blood. Xarelto is prescribed to patients at risk of stroke or those with atrial fibrillation in order to prevent clots. The drug is also approved to treat those with deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or individuals who have recently undergone surgery. Xarelto can prove effective in treating some illnesses, but evidence has now emerged as to Xarelto’s potentially dangerous propensities. Already, hundreds of defective drug lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Xarelto.

Xarelto Facts

Xarelto is one of the newer class of blood thinners. It was initially introduced in 2011 as an alternative to the traditional blood thinner Warfarin. Xarelto is similar in nature to the blood thinner Pradaxa, which is now one of the most litigated drugs in the United States.

Xarelto’s Potentially Serious Side Effects

Xarelto has been linked to several serious and potentially even fatal side effects, including:

  • Heart arrhythmia

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Coughing up blood

  • Blood pressure changes

  • Nosebleeds

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Brain hemorrhaging

  • Death

The immense dangers of Xarelto are largely linked to its lack of an antidote. When Xarelto was initially released in 2011, it did not have an antidote that could reverse internal or external bleeding that could occur due to surgery, an accident, or a side effect of the drug. Warfarin, on the other hand, has a reversing agent that can quickly stop the effects of the drug to stop bleeding fast. According to several lawsuits and safety officials, the makers of Xarelto did not adequately warn physicians or patients as to the lack of an antidote and the related serious risks of ongoing bleeding.

Anyone who has suffered an injury due to Xarelto may be eligible to seek compensation from the makers of this dangerous drug. Injuries linked to Xarelto can inflict financial hardships on patients. Xarelto victims may be able to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other ongoing disabilities stemming from the drug. Contact a defective drug attorney for an analysis of your legal rights and overview of your necessary next steps.


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