Xarelto® (rivaroxaban), a well-known blood thinner, has been linked to uncontrollable bleeding, a side effect that can quickly claim lives. The attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., are currently investigating potential Xarelto lawsuits across the U.S. If you or a loved one suffered from internal bleeding after taking Xarelto, contact Ward Black Law for a confidential consultation.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant intended to thin the blood and prevent clotting, especially after certain surgeries. The drug is manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson. It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, making it one of the newer blood thinners on the market.
Why is Xarelto used?
According to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, there are three main uses for Xarelto:
- To reduce the risk of blood clots in legs and lungs of people who have just undergone knee replacement surgery
- To reduce this same risk for people who have just undergone hip replacement surgery
- To reduce the risk of strokes (both hemorrhagic and thrombotic) and other blood clots for those who have atrial fibrillation that is not related to a heart valve problem
Xarelto is most often prescribed to those at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism.
Why is the drug’s safety being questioned?
Blood thinners (anticoagulants) have been widely used for decades. They are intended to save lives by preventing dangerous blood clots, and while they all carry bleeding risks, Xarelto is different. Unlike comparable drugs, it does not contain an antidote designed to reduce the risk of uncontrollable bleeding. This means that internal bleeding or external wounds that might otherwise be miniscule can turn deadly. This lack of an antidote is common with newer anticoagulants on the market, including a similar drug called Pradaxa. Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of both Xarelto® and Pradaxa, stating that people were not properly warned of each drug’s increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding.
Other medical issues that may be associated with Xarelto® include:
- Adrenal hemorrhage
- Epidural hematoma
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Hemoglobin decrease
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Pulmonary embolism
Xarelto® Lawsuit? Contact Us Today
Did you suffer from uncontrolled bleeding, a stroke or other issues after taking Xarelto®? Perhaps you lost a loved one from the side effects of this drug. If so, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the makers of Xarelto®.
The dangerous-drug attorneys at Ward Black Law can provide a free and confidential case evaluation and guide you on the next steps toward justice. Call us today at (336) 333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214. You may also reach us by online inquiry.