Is Xarelto Dangerous? Patients File Lawsuits
Have your been prescribed Xarelto? This drug is relatively new, only available on the market since 2011. If so, read through our frequently asked questions to determine if Xarelto side effects could be a hazard to your health.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto is the brand name of a drug called Rivaroxoban. Manufactured by Bayer and distributed by Johnson & Johnson, Xarelto is an anticoagulant. This means that it can help prevent bloods clots. It is most often prescribed for patients who have had or at risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
What are the known Side Effects?
Since Xarelto is a blood thinner, any cuts need to be watched carefully to determine if excessive bleeding is taking place. Bleeding that is usually commonplace, like nosebleeds, menstrual bleeding, or gum bleeding, may become more severe. Furthermore, Xarelto can interact with a variety of medications, even over the counter drugs like aspirin. It is not know if Xarelto is harmful to pregnant women or nursing mothers, so it is typically recommended that these women avoid Xarelto. It’s extremely important to discuss your current health state and medications with your doctor if she prescribes Xarelto to you. In some cases, severe bleeding can become life-threatening.
Is Xarelto Dangerous?
Since the beginning of 2014, there have been a rash of Xarelto lawsuits focusing on patients who experienced excessive bleeding while taking this medication. While all blood thinners carry an increased risk for dangerous internal bleeding, Xarelto & internal bleeding have come to be strongly associated. Xarelto side effects, some patients claim, were not adequately explained to doctors and patients by the drug companies, leading them to distribute a dangerous drug. Perhaps most worrisome is the fact that there is no direct antidote to Xarelto. That means that if a patient is experiencing heavy internal bleeding due to Xarelto and enters the emergency room, the doctors cannot administer anything that immediately counteracts the effects of the drug, and it takes the medication about a day to completely exit the patient’s system. Many patients on Xarelto were already in poor health or elderly, making the extended exposure to the Xarelto internal bleeding side effects extremely harmful.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Xarelto & internal bleeding have been associated together by many other patients and their families. Many cases have already been filed and are the process of discovering more facts about the processes the drug companies went through to approve Xarelto and determining if any critical steps were skipped or important information was not communicated. If you believe you have experienced dangerous Xarelto side effects, you may be eligible for compensation from the drug companies involved.
Many patients do not seek out legal aid because they believe that it is expensive and futile to attempt to take action against pharmaceutical companies. This is not the case! You can often get legal advice very quickly and inexpensively. If you would like to talk to someone about your experience with Xarelto and internal bleeding, you can fill out the form on our website, or call (888) 541-6262 and someone will assist you. You don’t need to remain a victim of a bad side effect.