What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner intended to reduce the risk of stroke by helping to prevent the formation of blood clots and their complications. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company, received several U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals since 2011 to market Bayer-made Xarelto for the following purposes:
- To reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) that might occur following knee replacement or hip replacement surgery
- To actually treat DVT and PE and to reduce their recurrence following initial treatment
- To reduce the risk of stroke in people who have a type of abnormal heart rhythm called nonvalvular atrial fibrillation
Why Are Xarelto Lawsuits Being Filed?
Xarelto lawsuits claim that the manufacturer did not adequately warn prescribing physicians or consumers of the bleeding risks associated with Xarelto. Unfortunately, Xarelto has been linked to serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. Making matters worse, there is no antidote to stop Xarelto bleeding.
How Do I Know if I Am Having a Serious Reaction to Xarelto?
Any patient who develops unexpected or long-lasting bleeding should contact his or her physician. The drug’s FDA-approved medication guide lists the following red flags:
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Unusual bleeding from the gums
- Menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal or vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
- Red, pink or brown urine
- Bright red or black stools that look like tar
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Headaches, dizziness or weakness
- Pain, swelling or new drainage at wound sites
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt medical attention.
What Should I Do If I Am Taking Xarelto?
Contact your physician if you experience any of the symptoms listed above as well as any other symptoms about which a professional cautions. Try to avoid situations where you could be hurt or cut. For example, avoid high-contact sports, be careful with knives and other sharp objects, and brush/floss your teeth gently.
Should I Stop Taking Xarelto?
Do not stop taking Xarelto without discussing it with the prescribing physician. Stopping the use of Xarelto increases the risk of stroke. Your physician may prescribe a different blood thinner.
Are There Alternatives To Xarelto?
There are several blood thinners on the market that your physician may consider to help prevent blood clots.
Can Filing a Xarelto Lawsuit Help Me?
Yes, as long as the lawsuit is filed as soon as possible – before it is too late. When the use of a prescription drug exposes the patient to an unreasonable risk that results in serious injury, the patient may be entitled to compensation from the companies that made and marketed that drug. Damages may be recoverable for any of the following repercussions:
- Hospitalization due to complications
- Emergency room visits
- Lost wages/income
- Emotional distress
- Severe injury
- Death of a loved one
Xarelto lawsuits may be filed now. The Xarelto attorneys at Reich & Binstock operate in all 50 states and are taking cases from all over the country.
Find Out How We Can Help You
If you suffered severe bleeding from using Xarelto or if someone in your family suffered fatal bleeding after using Xarelto, contact one of the Houston Xarelto attorneys at Reich & Binstock for a free consultation, no matter what state you live in. Contact us online or by phone at 713-622-7271 or 800-622-7271 toll free.
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