Common Xarelto Side Effects
When a physician prescribes a medication for us, we trust that they know of potential side effects and possible negative interactions with other medications. No physician would prescribe a patient a drug, knowing that it would harm a patient. But, what if the manufacturer of the medication was less than forthcoming in educating doctors and patients of harmful side effects or drug interactions?
If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse side effect from a prescribed medication, you need to consult a Xarelto side effect attorney. The health and well-being of you and your family are your most prized assets. Don’t allow a pharmaceutical giant and their insurers put you at risk.
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What is Xarelto and What Does it Treat?
Xarelto is the brand name for rivaroxaban, which is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical. It is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, that is used to prevent strokes and blood clots in patients suffering from pulmonary embolism (lung blood clots), deep vein thrombosis (internal blood clots), or atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). It’s also prescribed to people who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. It was marketed as a more convenient and hassle-free alternative to warfarin, an anticoagulant that requires diet restrictions and constant blood monitoring.
Side Effects and Risks Associated with Xarelto
The most serious risk associated with the use of Xarelto is severe internal bleeding, which can be fatal. The problem is that Xarelto seems to work too well. The medication warfarin, which has been in use since 1954, can also induce severe internal bleeding. The difference is that the internal bleeding caused by warfarin can be reversed by large doses of vitamin K. There are no known antidotes to severe internal bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Besides the serious risk of severe internal bleeding, Xarelto has also been linked to:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Decreased hemoglobin
- Swelling in the lower limbs
- Difficulty breathing
Recommendations if You’re Taking Xarelto
If you are taking Xarelto, you should avoid activities that may result in cuts, lacerations, and bruises. If you do suffer one of these injuries, it is recommended that you immediately go to an emergency room to have your condition assessed.
Damages from Taking Xarelto
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as the result of using Xarelto, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missed work
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
Pharmaceutical companies are multi-billion dollar corporations that employ armies of attorneys to fight on their behalf. Don’t try to take them on by yourself. Instead, get the representation of a strong Xarelto injury attorney.
Farah & Farah prides itself on standing up to huge corporations and defending the rights of innocent people who’ve gotten hurt. To get the settlement you deserve, call us today for a free consultation. You can reach us at (800) 533-3555.