What is Xarelto?

Xarelto is an anticoagulant prescription medication which has been linked to the development of severe, and in some cases fatal, internal bleeding. The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and marketed by Bayer. In 2013 alone, Xarelto accounted for $1.3 billion in sales for Bayer, and is projected to generate billions more in the next few years. Advertisements for Xarelto claim that it is safer and more convenient than Warfarin (a commonly prescribed blood thinner), however, Xarelto use is associated with severe and very dangerous side effects.

Xarelto Side Effects, Complications and Risks

Xarelto has been widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from a variety of problems, including but not limited to: atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia of the heart); deep vein thrombosis (blood clots deep within the body); pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs); stroke; and patients who have recently undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery.

The most serious potential side effect/complication caused by Xarelto is severe internal bleeding, which in some cases has resulted in death. However, perhaps the most alarming issue associated with Xarelto use, is that currently, there is no antidote (cure) to reverse the type of internal bleeding caused by Xarelto.

Other potential injuries and complications caused through the use of Xarelto include thrombosis (blood clots); decreased hemoglobin (a substance that carries oxygen in red blood cells); cerebrovascular accidents (an event that leads to a cerebral hemorrhage); hematoma (a semisolid mass in the blood); peripheral edema (swelling of the lower limbs); and dyspnea (difficulty breathing). People are at greater risk for injury or other complications from Xarelto if they use epidural catheters, use other drugs that affect the clotting process (such as NSAIDs or platelet inhibitors), or if they have a history of spinal trauma and/or spinal surgery.

If you are currently taking Xarelto, you should be careful to avoid activities that could result in being cut or bruised, as even a minor injury can cause bleeding complications. If you do sustain these types of injuries/complications (and especially if you experience swelling, bruising, persistent bleeding, vision changes, confusion, weakness, dizziness or severe headaches), it is important to immediately seek medical treatment.

If you have been taking Xarelto and have suffered side effects, complications or injury, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC as soon as possible, to discuss pursuing a Xarelto claim on your behalf. You may be entitled to significant compensation.