Risky Drugs and Risky Procedures, Xarelto Side Effects and Surgeries
If you have recently had a hip replacement or knee replacement, you may have been prescribed Xarelto to help aid your recovery process. In 2011, the FDA approved the drug to be used in hip- and knee- replacement patients, but a string of lawsuits in 2014 have raised fears that the drug’s side effects may represent an unacceptable level of risk compared to the benefit it provides.
Patients who have recently had a knee or hip replacement surgery are at risk for a condition known as Venous thromboembolism, or VTE. Essentially, VTE refers to a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in your thigh or pelvis. The blood can tend to pool internally after a surgery that affects your knee or or your hip, which is why these patients are at such great risk for a VTE. If this condition doesn’t sound that serious, you may be surprised to learn that it affects up to 600,000 Americans every year, claiming 100,000 of them to VTE caused death. This is because the deep vein blood clot can travel up to your lungs very quickly causing a pulmonary embolism. the affects can be very sudden and difficult to recognize, which is one of the reason why its so serious.
If you are recovering from a knee or hip replacement, your doctor may have prescribed you a drug to prevent your body from making blood clots. These drugs are called anticoagulants, and also sometimes blood thinners. Xarelto has become a popular method of preventing VTE, but all blood thinners carry the cost of bleeding as a side effect.
Because Xarelto inhibits the blood clot forming portion of your body’s defenses, a small cut can become a serious concern very quickly. Blood clots normally form scabs around the site of a wound to prevent the body from losing too much blood and to protect itself from infection. Excessive bleeding while taking an anticoagulant can mean that small cuts, nosebleeds, and gumbleeds cause you to lose far more blood than normal.
More concerning is the internal bleeding reported by some Xarelto patients. Internal bleeding is not always easy to identify, and if blood pools internally near an organ it can be fatal. In a few extreme cases, patients even reported brain bleeding while taking the drug.
Hospitalization is often necessary for patients who experience internal bleeding due to Xarelto. There is no way to flush the medication quickly out of the patient’s system, so the doctors must monitor him closely to ensure he is not losing too much blood. It can take the medication over 24 hours to leave the system.
Concerns over Xarelto continue to spread, particularly because the patients taking Xarelto are often elderly. Hip and knee replacements tend to take place in older adults, and severe blood loss can be extremely difficult to recover from in patients who are over 65.
Lawsuits over Xarelto continue to gather speed, with bellweather cases expected soon. Lawyers will experience in the drug litigation practice area are taking on these Xarelto side effects cases to ensure that their clients receive compensation for their injured health. If you’ve been negatively impacted by Xarelto, you could qualify for an Xarelto Lawsuit! Give our lawyers a call today at (888) 471-8787 or fill out the form to the right of this page and we’ll call you back at a time that’s convenient for you!