XARELTO LINKED TO LIFE-THREATENING UNCONTROLLABLE BLEEDING
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a heart medication prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation patients, treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and reduce the risk of blood clot after a knee or hip replacement. Originally developed by Bayer and now marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Xarelto was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. Millions of people globally have been prescribed the blood-thinning heart medication.
Rivaroxaban is associated with several common side effects, including:
- Nose bleeds
- Coughing up blood
- Back pain
- Difficulty breathing
Since its introduction to the market, Xarelto has been mired in controversy. Currently, there are nearly 17,000 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals regarding Xarelto and its link to uncontrollable bleeding. In addition, there is currently no FDA-approved antidote to Xarelto — there is no reversal agent for uncontrolled bleeding caused by the blood thinner. Because there is no reversal agent, bleeds caused by Xarelto are oftentimes catastrophic and sometimes fatal. The lawsuits state that these pharmaceutical giants failed to sufficient warning of the deadly dangers associated with Xarelto.
Signs and symptoms of a serious bleed include:
- Nose bleeds that happen often
- Unusual gum bleeds
- Heavier than normal menstrual bleeding
- Red, pink or brown urine
- Bright red or black stools
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood (vomit looks like coffee grounds)
- Pain and swelling at wound sites
BLACK BOX WARNINGS LINK XARELTO TO POTENTIALLY DEADLY SIDE EFFECTS
Xarelto medication labels contain a black box warning in regards to the increased risk of a thrombotic event if the drug is prematurely discontinued. By stopping the drug without compensating with another anticoagulant, a severe blood clot could occur. Blood clots could cause stroke or heart attack, which can be potentially fatal.
In addition, patients taking Xarelto who are receiving epidural anesthesia or undergoing spinal puncture are at risk for spinal hematomas. Hematomas occur when an area swells due to the presence of clotted blood. When they occur in the spinal area, hematomas can cause long-term or permanent paralysis. Physicians are advised to consider these risks when scheduling patients for spinal procedures.
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If you or a loved one have been injured due to a dangerous heart medication like Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation. Severe, uncontrollable bleeding can cause irreparable damage and even death. Pharmaceutical companies and physicians prescribe drugs and tell patients that they are safe to take. When you suffer a life-altering injury due to a medicine that is supposed to help treat a condition, pharmaceutical companies need to pay and be brought to justice. Thomas J. Henry has the legal resources that you need to take on the pharmaceutical giants and develop your case properly. Contact our experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys for a free case review.