Xarelto Side Effects and Lawsuits

Xarelto is an anticoagulant, or blood-thinning medication. The Food and Drug Administration first approved this drug back in July 2011. Ever since then, sales of the drug have skyrocketed. Xarelto is just one of the many blood-thinning drugs that have recently had a surge in presence in the market. Xarelto and other blood-thinning drugs are designed to be a replacement for Warfarin, another anticoagulant that has been available since the 1950s.

Xarelto was first approved for people recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery. People who undergo those surgeries are at an increased risk for developing deep vein thrombosis, which is a medical condition that causes blood clots to develop inside of the legs. The drug has also been approved to prevent strokes in people who suffer from atrial fibrillation, which is a type of abnormal heartbeat. It can also be approved to treat pulmonary embolism. Some physicians may approve this drug to treat other conditions as well.

Problems With Xarelto

Most patients take anticoagulants because they truly need them. These patients are at an increased risk for developing deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and heart attack. Many patients who take Xarelto are already susceptible to developing these problems.

However, blood-thinning medications have been shown to increase the risk of bleeding. Severe hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding are two of the most commonly reported side effects. Patients who take blood-thinners are also an increased risk for developing complications during surgery.

The Food And Drug Administration's Actions

The Food And Drug Administration has placed two boxed warnings on Xarelto's label. One of the warnings states that people who stop taking this medication are at an increased risk for developing blood clots if they’ve already been on Xarelto. Additionally, there are other warnings that state there is a risk of severe bleeding, and this medication may be dangerous for people who have artificial heart valves.

Get Legal Help

If you or one of your loved ones suffered a serious injury while taking Xarelto, then you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if one of your loved ones died after taking Xarelto. Contact Baker & Zimmerman so that you can discuss your legal options.

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