What is Xarelto?

Xaretlo is the brand name for the drug rivaroxaban, which is manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the United States by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen.

It is a new generation of anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is marketed as an alternative to warfarin. The drug is taken orally and was the first direct factor Xa inhibitor on the market. The general term for this class of medication is a New Oral Anticoagulant, or “NOAC,” as the FDA and medical professionals call it.

It is used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition in which clots can form in the veins of the legs and can block the flow of blood. The clots can dislodge themselves from the vein and travel through the circulatory system to the lungs, where they can cause a tear known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). A PE can be deadly.

Xarelto is often used to prevent clotting issues in patients who have recently undergone a total knee or total hip replacement.

Is Xarelto Dangerous?

Boston Xarelto injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC know, while there may be potential benefits to taking Xarelto, the drugmaker does not want patients to know that it can cause severe hemorrhages, internal bleeding, and intracranial bleeding. These are extremely dangerous and deadly bleeding conditions.

What are the Symptoms of a Xarelto Hemorrhage?

As outlined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), if you have taken Xarelto and experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek prompt medical attention:

  • Dark or discolored urine
  • Dark or discolored stool
  • Excessive nose bleeds
  • Vomiting/coughing blood
  • Weakness or fatigue
Is There a Cure or Antidote to People Who are Suffering From a Xarelto-Related Bleeding Disorder?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for a Xarelto-related hemorrhage or other bleeding disorder. There is currently an antidote being testing on Pradaxa (another NOAC) patients who arrive at one of the emergency rooms participating in human trials, but this medication is a long way from FDA approval and is not indicated at this time for Xarelto victims. As of now, there is no approved way to reverse or even stop a bleeding disorder caused by Xarelto.

Do I have a Case Against the Makers of Xarelto?

While every case is different, as the facts may vary, and you should speak with a Boston Xeralto lawyer about your particular situation, if you or a loved one has taken Xeralto and are experiencing internal bleeding, you may be able to recover financially.

One of the ways in which a drug manufacturer can be held liable for a dangerous drug is by establishing that they failed to adequately warn patients of known dangers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires drug companies to disclose known side effects, or adverse events as they are called in the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies are also required to conduct a variety of clinical trials, so there is a better chance of discovering these side effects before bringing a drug to market.

If a drug is already on the market, the drug company is required to report any side effects of which they become aware to both to the FDA and the patients to whom they are directly marketing on TV and in magazines. If a patient is not told of all the potential side effects and the probability of their occurrence, it is impossible for the patient to give informed consent to take a particular medication.

Medical ethics and the laws pertaining to dangerous drug litigation require that patients be given all relevant information before they give their informed consent.

If you or someone you love has suffered a bleeding condition after taking Xarelto, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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