Xarelto® Anti-Coagulant Drug Lawsuits

Learn About Xarelto® Lawsuits Xarelto® Anti-Coagulant Drug Lawsuits

Xarelto® is the brand name for rivaroxaban. The popular “blood thinner” drug has been widely prescribed to aid in the prevention of stroke and blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm), or who recently underwent a hip or knee replacement surgery. The anticoagulant capsules work by inhibiting Thrombin, an enzyme in the blood that is involved in blood clotting.

Thousands of prescriptions were written for Xarelto® since it was released, and many patients and doctors are concerned that this medication may cause the same serious bleeding risks as Pradaxa. Like Pradaxa, Xarelto® has no known antidote, and there is no effective way of stopping the hemorrhaging that can be caused by Xarelto®.

The Xarelto® lawsuits claim the manufacturers of Xarelto® failed to warn doctors and patients the drug could cause irreversible internal bleeding, and that a substitute medication was just as effective at reducing clots but without the life-threatening danger of excessive blood loss.

The lawsuits also allege the manufacturers failed to provide physicians with clear guidance in regard to whether a patient was qualified to take Xarelto®, and whether the patient should stop taking it if occasional screening showed potential problems.

Thousands of claims have been filed against Janssen Pharmaceutical (the manufacturer of Xarelto®) and Bayer Healthcare (the marketer of the drug) by individuals who have suffered severe bleeding as a result of taking the anticoagulant medication.

The FDA and Xarelto®

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Xarelto® (rivaroxoaban), indicated to reduce the risk of strokes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and blood clots in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Despite at least three attempts, it has not been approved to reduce blood clots in patients with coronary artery disease.

The FDA has received thousands of adverse event reports involving Xarelto®, with a significant percentage of these events being fatal. In fact, Xarelto® was one of the most frequently mentioned drugs in the Federal Drug Administration’s database of adverse event reports in 2011 and 2012.

Serious Side Effects Include:

  • Stroke
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Epidural hemorrhage
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Retinal hemorrhage
  • Adrenal hemorrhage
  • Death
The most serious potential injury caused by Xarelto® is internal bleeding. Currently, there is no known potential cure to reverse the type of blood loss caused by Xarelto®, other than possibly emergency dialysis. Individuals with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension are at greater risk for experiencing a Xarelto related bleed.

While a Warfarin overdose can be treated with Vitamin K and other substances, doctors can only wait for Xarelto to be flushed out from the patient’s body when extensive blood loss begins. Not even dialysis may be sufficient, and even a simple gastrointestinal bleed can become a fatal hemorrhage.

Common Side Effects and Complications Xarelto®, Side Efects

Similar to other anticoagulants, Xarelto® may cause bruising or bleeding from minor cuts. Taking blood thinners requires users to alert doctors and dentists well before surgeries or medical procedures in order to prevent bleeding complications. The medication guide that comes with the prescription informs users that the drug can cause bleeding that can be serious and lead to death, therefore users must be aware of side effects and bleeding risks. Side effects for many people taking Xarelto® will be minimal, which can deceive people into thinking this is a safe drug.

Common Side Effects May Include:

  • Bruising
  • Hemorrhage
  • Heartburn or Indigestion
  • Low Energy

The risk of bleeding is highest in people over 75 years old, with kidney problems, and/or with recent or recurring stomach / intestinal bleeding due to stomach ulcers. Some studies have also linked Xarelto® to a higher risk of bleeding for acutely ill patients.

Xarelto® Related Deaths

If you know of a loved one who passed away while on Xarelto® at the time of their death, or shortly before their death – it is crucial that you speak with a Reyes Browne Reilley law firm defective drug lawyer as soon as possible to avoid running out of time to file your lawsuit.

Our attorneys handle pharmaceutical injury cases nationally. We are not new to this area of practice. You need a firm with experience to handle a serious injury or death case like a Xarelto® lawsuit.

FREE Xarelto® Lawsuit Consultation

If you or a loved one suffered a harmful side effect such as a stroke, blood clot, or internal bleeding while taking Xarelto®, you may have a valuable legal claim.

Your next move should be to contact us for a free consultation to determine if you have a claim for compensation. Your consultation will be handled with the utmost compassion and confidentiality. And if it’s determined that you should move forward with a claim, we will work with you every step of the way to see you through this process.

Call us now at 214-526-7900 or email us at help@reyeslaw.com for a free and confidential case review with one of our dangerous drug attorneys.

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