Xarelto Use Resulting in Uncontrolled Bleeding
Xarelto Internal Bleeding & Hemorrhaging
Millions of people suffer from conditions lending them vulnerable to unwanted blood clots. These people may suffer from strokes, Atherosclerosis (heart disease), deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs), pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, diabetes, and other issues. People treated for these conditions are often prescribed anticoagulants, or blood thinners, to open up or prevent blood clots. There are several anticoagulant medications on the market, with various degrees of cost and dangerous side effects.
If you or a family member has suffered adverse side effects from taking an anticoagulant like Xarelto, it is vital that you contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
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The Problems with Xarelto
Xarelto, a brand name for the drug rivaroxaban, has become one of the most prescribed, advertised, and expensive anticoagulants since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. But, recent cases of severe side effects and deaths linked to the medication have caused many to question its safety. The following Xarelto side effects have been reported by the Mayo Clinic:
- Back pain
- Bleeding gums
- Bloody stools
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles,” or tingling feelings
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
- Leg weakness
- Red or black, tarry stools
- Red or dark brown urine
- Vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Uncontrolled Bleeding Related to Xarelto
The most dangerous side effect related to Xarelto use is uncontrolled and difficult to stop bleeding. This uncontrolled bleeding can be caused by cuts, abrasions, bruises, and internal injuries. Thousands of cases of Xarelto-related uncontrolled bleeding have been reported to the FDA. Uncontrolled bleeding can result in excessive blood loss and death. Uncontrolled internal bleeding is, by far, the most life-threatening potential side effect of using Xarelto. At present, the total number of deaths caused by Xarelto is unknown. But, in the first eight months of 2013, a German drug regulation agency reported 72 Xarelto-related fatalities. Considering the number of people prescribed Xarelto in the U.S., the actual number is much higher.
No Known Antidote to Xarelto
All anticoagulants can cause uncontrolled bleeding. What makes Xarelto so much more dangerous is that there is no known antidote to stop the bleeding. This is not the case with other anticoagulants. Coumadin, the brand name for the anticoagulant drug warfarin, has been in use since the 1950s. While warfarin has been known to cause uncontrolled bleeding in some cases, the bleeding can be counteracted with large doses of vitamin K. The problem with warfarin is that it comes with severe dietary restrictions and requires frequent blood monitoring. Xarelto was introduced and marketed as a more convenient alternative to warfarin. It was negligent for Johnson & Johnson to introduce Xarelto without having an antidote available.
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