Xarelto® is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, that’s made Bayer® billions of dollars by replacing Warfarin® (Coumadin) as the drug of choice for preventing blood clots, protecting people from strokes, and treating irregular heartbeats, specifically atrial fibrillation. Patients taking Xarelto® don’t have to get their levels monitored regularly, and the drug doesn’t interact dangerously with foods.
However, Xarelto® has caused bleeding and deaths. Like other blood thinners, it can cause bleeding that shuts down the brain, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. It can also cause deadly hemorrhagic strokes and large hematomas.
How is Xarelto® especially deadly?
Unlike Warfarin®, once a bleed starts there’s no way to stop it. The antidote to Warfarin® is vitamin K, but there is no known antidote to Xarelto®. Bayer® hasn’t yet let doctors know how to handle this problem other than waiting for the body to flush out the drug.
What bleeding issues are associated with Xarelto®?
Gastrointestinal Bleeding (GI Bleed)
Bleeding was the most common problem in clinical trials for Xarelto®, and uncontrolled bleeding, particularly GI bleeding, is one of the most severe side effects reported. Bleeding near an organ can cause it to shut down, a potentially deadly complication. Additionally, many people suffering from internal bleeding become anemic and require blood transfusions.
Xarelto® has been found to place patients at an increased risk for hemorrhagic strokes. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds in the brain. These types of strokes can result in loss of memory, reduced motor skills, loss of vision, and death.
Hematomas and Other Bleeding
Hematomas are a risk with Xarelto®. A hematoma occurs when blood clots outside of a blood vessel in your tissues and forms a solid mass. They often appear as large bruises in various parts of the body. A person can also develop bleeding in the brain known as a subdural hematoma.
Bleeding in other areas of the body, including severe nose bleeds and rectal bleeding, can also be a result of Xarelto® use and cause severe problems.
What should you do if you’ve been hurt?
If you suffered adverse reactions without warning of the potential consequences of taking the drug, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering; some victims are also seeking punitive damages.
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we hold pharmaceutical companies responsible when they produce dangerous drugs. Companies which are negligent and endanger the public need to be held accountable when their products cause you harm. If you were injured by Xarelto, call (877) 686-8992 or use our case evaluation form to have your claim reviewed for free by one of our experienced drug attorneys.