What is Xarelto?
First approved by the FDA in July 2011, Xarelto is a blood thinner with three main uses:
- reduce risk of blood clots and stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation
- treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
- reduce risk of blood clots for patients havign knee or hip replacement surgery.
Blood clotting can potentially be fatal; therefore in certain cases, anticoagulants like Xarelto are sometimes prescribed. Anyone taking such blood thinning medications, however, have to be careful not to injure themselves, because their blood can't clot naturally if they cut or wound themselves, and the risk of bleeding to death is very real.
Other blood thinners -- older ones such as warfarin (also called Coumadin) -- have Vitamin K in their composition, which allows the patient's blood to clot. Xarelto doesn't have this antidote; therefore, patients taking it are more subsceptible to hemhorraging and internal bleeding -- both of which can be fatal. In some cases, patients claim to have experienced an increase in clotting after takng Xarelto -- causing strokes and embolisms.
The reports of ill effects involving Xarelto have increased as it has become more widely used and prescribed -- 50% more than Pradaxa, the other leading drug thinner on the market today.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Xarelto, alleging that:
- The manufacturers didn't warn patients and physicians about the possible side effects
- The manufacturuers didn't inform patients and physicians that Xarelto has no antidote or
Vitamin K ingredient which facilitates blood clotting
- The manufacturer did not design the drug to the fullest safe potential
- The manufacturerdid not reveal or update the side effect warnings in a timely manner
It's important for you and your loved ones to have confidence and be able to depend on your medication and physicians to help, not harm you. If you have suffered adverse reaction from Xarelto, or were not informed of potential side effects, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for injuries that you or your family experienced. If negligence has occurred, the company should be held accountable, and we can help. Call or email us for a free initial consultation.