Hello, I’m attorney Rosemarie Bogdan. I’d like to tell you about a blood thinner named Xarelto. Xarelto is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots. It is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation or A-fib which is an irregular heartbeat; to prevent deep vein thrombosis also known as DVT; to prevent pulmonary embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs; to prevent stroke and for patients who have recently undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery.
So what are the side effects, complications and risks of Xarelto?
The most serious risk and complication caused by Xarelto is severe internal bleeding. This bleeding can take many forms. It could be a brain hemorrhage. It could be gastrointestinal. It could be rectal. It could be urinary. It could be a hematoma.
Most importantly when this bleeding occurs, unlike other blood thinners, there is no known cure to reverse the type of internal bleeding caused by Xarelto. Essentially, there is no antidote for this blood thinner.
If you have been prescribed the blood thinner Xarelto and experienced internal bleeding which required medical attention, you may have a compensable claim.
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Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is one of the newest anticoagulant blood thinners designed to prevent blood clots that can obstruct blood flow to vital organs. It was designed, manufactured, marketed and sold by Janssen Pharmaceutical, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Bayer Healthcare, and other related companies. Xarelto is widely prescribed to treat patients who suffer from blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia of the heart), stroke, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots deep in the body), and to treat recent knee and hip replacement surgery patients. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, Xarelto is one of the blood thinners prescribed as an alternative to Warfarin (Coumadin), an established blood thinner that’s been around since 1954.
Risks and Complications of Xarelto
Most importantly, the use of Xarelto may cause severe internal bleeding that can lead to death. There is no known antidote to stop the type of bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Other Possible Complications
- Intracranial hemorrhage (brain bleed)
- Hemorrhagic stroke
- Gastrointestinal bleeding (intestinal bleeding)
- Exsanguination (blood loss due to internal or external hemorrhage)
- Hemopericardium (blood in the heart cavity)
- Hemothorax (blood in the lung cavity)
- Hemoptysis (coughing up of blood or bloody sputum)
- Hemoperitoneum (blood in the peritoneal/abdominal and pelvic cavities)
- Hematoma (localized collection of blood out of a vessel into surrounding tissue)
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Epistaxis (hemorrhage from the nose)
- Otorrhagia (hemorrhage from the ear)
- Intraocular hemorrhage (bleeding in the eye)
- Hematochezia/Melena (blood in the feces/darkening of the feces by blood pigments)
- Petechial (extravasation of blood into the skin)
- Other types of hemorrhages (bleeding internal or external)
Lawsuits have been filed against the companies who designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and distributed Xarelto. Every state has a window of time known as a statute of limitations within which a lawsuit for injuries suffered must be commenced. If that period expires, an injured person will be prevented from bringing a claim against those who may be responsible. The only way to determine the time in which you have to file claim is to review the individual facts pertaining to your potential claim.
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