Xarelto is a relatively new anti-coagulant prescription medication, promoted by the manufacturer as “different from other blood thinners.” The company claims that this drug has been proven effective in reducing the risk of stroke with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and treating and preventing deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs and pelvic region) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). It also claims that, with Xarelto, there is no need for regular blood monitoring, dietary restrictions, or frequent dosage adjustments. In spite of these claims, a number of alarming side effects have been associated with Xarelto, including bowel and bladder issues.
Bowel and Bladder Symptoms with Xarelto
Some of the more common problems associated with Xarelto include bloody stools; bowel or bladder dysfunction; red or black, tarry stools; and red or dark brown urine. The Xarelto website itself warns patients to seek medical attention immediately if they experience red, pink, or brown urine or bright red or black stools that look like tar, as these symptoms may indicate bleeding caused by the medication. Drugs.com warns patients who have a spinal or epidural procedure while using Xarelto to tell their doctors right away if they experience any of a number of symptoms, including loss of bowel or bladder control.
If you have experienced bowel and bladder problems or other serious symptoms with Xarelto, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You may have a claim for compensation against the manufacturers, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Our tenacious Xarelto injury lawyers at Farah & Farah are currently investigating Xarelto cases nationwide. We can evaluate your injury claim free of charge.
Xarelto and Bowel and Bladder Incontinence
As stated in the University of Michigan (U of M) Health Library, rivaroxaban (Xarelto) can cause serious blood clots around the spinal cord in patients who undergo spinal taps or spinal anesthesia (epidural), particularly in patients with genetic spinal defects, a history of spinal surgery or taps, or a spinal catheter in place. This type of blood clot can cause long-term paralysis, with symptoms including:
- Back pain
- Lower body numbness or muscle weakness
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
According to the Mayo Clinic, fecal incontinence can result from injury to the nerves that sense stool in the rectum or control the anal sphincter, as may occur when blood clots form around the spinal column with Xarelto. Mayo Clinic also names spinal injury as a cause of urinary incontinence.
Loss of bowel or bladder control can have devastating, long-term effects on the victim’s quality of life. Either condition can severely restrict a person’s activities, when he or is afraid to leave the house for fear of losing control in a non-private situation.
Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuits
Gastrointestinal bleeding is another serious side effect of Xarelto, and the company warns patients who see blood in the urine or the stools to seek immediate medical attention. A growing number of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer because of gastrointestinal bleeding suffered by patients whose doctors prescribed Xarelto.
A woman from Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer in February 2014 after severe gastrointestinal bleeding was caused by Xarelto. The plaintiff, who had atrial fibrillation, began taking Xarelto in 2012 to help prevent stroke. Less than a year later, she was hospitalized for several days with severe internal and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Xarelto Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Case Study
In one case study, reported in the BioMed Central Journal of Medical Case Reports, a 58-year-old Caucasian man who was taking Xarelto to prevent blood clots after hip replacement surgery experienced acute-onset gastrointestinal hemorrhage, bleeding from the rectum, four weeks after the surgery. Although the drug was discontinued immediately, the patient needed several blood transfusions to stabilize his condition.
Researchers concluded that, although it has advantages such as oral availability and no need for daily monitoring, Xarelto does not come without rare, but severe, side effects. This case study stated in its conclusion that doctors prescribing this medication should warn patients of the risk of severe hemorrhage and the need for immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Xarelto Bowel and Bladder Issue Lawyers Investigating Cases Nationwide
If you have suffered bowel and bladder issues with Xarelto, we can help. Farah & Farah is investigating cases nationwide, representing individuals who have been injured by Xarelto. Call us at (800) 533-3555 for a comprehensive case consultation, free of charge. We can tell you if you have a valid claim for compensation, to hold Xarelto manufacturers responsible for the harm their product has caused.