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Xarelto Pitchman and NBA Star Sidelined with Blood Clots

Posted on March 29, 2016

You must have seen the commercial on TV featuring legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, comedian Kevin Nealon, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers, and Miami Heat basketball star Chris Bosh. All four recognizable men are shown talking about being treated with the popular blood thinner Xarelto. Xarelto is the brand name for rivaroxaban, an anticoagulant or blood thinner used to lower the risk of stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and other blood clotting conditions. Bosh, an 11 time All Star, has missed the second half of the 2015-16 NBA season after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous condition that occurs when a blood clot from another part of the body travels and lodges in the lungs.

But, last month it was announced that the Heat’s world champion power forward had also developed a blood clot in his calf, putting the rest of his 2015-16 season in jeopardy. It is not recommended that a person on Xarelto or any other blood thinner participate in contact sports. The reason for this is that blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding and internal bleeding, both potentially life threatening conditions. While basketball isn’t technically a contact sport, anyone who’s watched an NBA game knows how physical it can get on the court.

In addition to excessive bleeding, other side effects have been associated with Xarelto. These include:

  • Lightheadedness, headaches, dizziness, or weakness
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Blood in urine
  • Bloody stools, vomiting blood, and coughing up blood
  • Numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, particularly in the lower body
  • Loss of movement in a body part

If you or a loved one has experienced any of these side effects while taking Xarelto, you or they may be able to pursue compensation for damages. To find out what kind of settlement you may be eligible for, contact the dedicated legal team at Farah & Farah. We have been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years and will put our experience and knowledge to work for you and your family. Farah & Farah is currently investigating Xarelto related injuries nationwide. Call (800) 533-3555 today.