Answers to Your Questions
Xarelto, the brand name version of the generic anticoagulant medication rivaroxaban, is commonly used as a blood thinner. Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Xarelto is prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation who do not have heart valve problems. Xarelto is also prescribed for those with deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and other blood clot issues in the legs and lungs.
Xarelto works by decreasing the blood’s ability to clot thereby preventing the formation of harmful clots in the blood vessels. The drug was approved for use in 2011 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, Xarelto has some serious side effects that can have life-threatening, or even fatal, consequences.
If you have been prescribed Xarelto and have suffered adverse side effects, you probably have questions about the drug and your legal options. Below are some of the most common questions we hear.
Q: What are the risks of taking Xarelto?
A: There are many risks associated with Xarelto. The drug was designed to lower the risk of stroke by preventing clots, but it can also cause bleeding. When you take Xarelto, your blood becomes thinner. Therefore, you are more likely to bruise and it will take you longer to stop bleeding when you suffer a cut or laceration. The consequences are even more severe if you suffer an internal injury.
Your risks of bleeding while on Xarelto increase dramatically if you’re taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Warfarin sodium, heparin, Clopidogrel, or other blood clot medications.
Q: Am I at risk?
A: Dangerous drugs typically affect vulnerable patients and the elderly more than others. The risks of taking Xarelto increase for patients in their 60s, particularly those who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.
Q: When should I see my doctor?
A: It is important to notice the signs of bleeding issues early on. If you have unexpected bleeding that lasts a long time such as lengthy nosebleeds, bleeding from your gums, or heavy menstrual bleeding, you should see your doctor right away. You should also look out for red, pink or brown urine, bright red or black stools, blood in your cough or vomit, headaches, or pain at wound sites.
Q: When should I file a lawsuit?
A: If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury or health issue as a result of a dangerous drug such as Xarelto, you need to research your legal options. Compensation may be available for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Manufacturers of dangerous drugs should be held accountable for the damages they cause. Pharmaceutical companies have a legal obligation to ensure that their products are free from severe side effects. When they are aware of potential side effects, pharmaceutical companies are required under the law to warn consumers about them. Drug makers who fail to live up to these responsibilities can be held accountable for their wrongdoing.
Affected victims or their families may be able to file a product liability claim against the drug manufacturer seeking damages for their losses. If you or a loved one has suffered side effects as a result of taking Xarelto and are weighing your options, please contact us.
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