Know When It’s Time to Save Yourself and Your Loved Ones: The Dangers of Xarelto

It is the function of the blood to flow smoothly and continuously throughout your body for an entire lifetime, but when you suffer a cut or sustain an injury it tends to clot over the injury in order to stop your blood from gushing. This means that blood clots can be healthy and lifesaving; however, there are times when these form unnecessarily, lodge themselves in arteries and obstruct the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other vital organs. This situation can most likely result in serious and life-threatening medical problems, the likes of stroke and heart attack.

When blood clots needlessly form, a doctor’s primary prescription would be an anticoagulant or blood-thinning drug which will make your blood flow smoothly again. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, more than 4 million individuals in the US are prescribed with this type of drug every year.

Xarelto, also known as Rivaroxaban (Rivaroxaban is a popular blood-thinning medicine and is the main ingredient of Xarelto), is one anticoagulant drug most commonly prescribed by doctors. It is manufactured by Bayer Health Care and marketed in the US by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and was approved by the FDA in July of 2011 to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT is the formation of blood clots in deep veins, usually in the legs), from occurring or recurring in patients who have just had a hip replacement surgery.

The claim that Xarelto is safe plus the effectivity it displayed in treating the condition it was approved for, especially a few months after its DFA approval, led to the drug being approved as treatment for a number of other health problems, which included:

  • Atrial fibrillation, which is an irregularity in heart beat;
  • Pulmonary embolism, or blood clotting in the lungs; and,
  • Prevention of stroke in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation

In 2012, as Xarelto was on its way to becoming America’s number one anti-coagulant drug, 2081 cases of serious adverse events, 151 of which were fatal, were reported to the FDA. Based on records from one nonprofit (consumer watchdog) organization, the Institution for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), the adverse effects linked to Xarelto included:

  • Brain hemorrhaging;
  • Epidural or spinal hematoma, which can lead to permanent paralysis due to the collection of blood outside the blood vessels in the spinal cord area;
  • Blood in the urine or stool;
  • Coughing up and vomiting of blood; and,
  • Severe gastrointestinal bleeding in the abdomen, intestines and rectum

In April of 2014, a lawsuit, the first of the nearly 2,000 now pending in various courts, was filed by the family of a patient who died due to severe internal bleeding after using Xarelto. While internal bleeding has been identified as a common adverse effect among modern blood thinning drugs, the issue with Xarelto is that, unlike other anticoagulant drugs, there is no agent or medication capable of reversing or preventing the bleeding that it causes, thus, leaving patients who take it to bleed to death.

As of November 2015, Xarelto lawsuits have already reached about 1,900; however, despite these lawsuits, the warning from the FDA, and all the online and printed news on the possible fatal consequences of using the drug, its sale continues to climb, giving its manufacturer more than enough financial resources to pay settlement claims and damages – at the expense of victims and users (who may eventually become victims too).

The adverse effects and deaths linked to Xarelto are real. With millions already prescribed with the drug and with its sales still rising, how many more will be affected by the drug and how many more will die?

Do not be affected by Xarelto! Never let its harmful effects make you or anyone among your loved ones suffer. The website of the lawyers at Williams Kherkher offers clear and detailed information about Xarelto; this page will make you know so much more about this harmful drug, the purpose for which it was approved by the FDA, its dangers and potential side effects, and the legal options of those who now suffer due to it. Be informed!

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