Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood-thinning medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July 2011. As promoted on the Xarelto website, 13 million people in the U.S. currently take this medication, which is proven to reduce the risk of stroke with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), reduce the risk of blood clots after hip or knee replacement surgery, and prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs and pelvic region) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs).
The company promotes Xarelto as “different from other blood thinners,” as the drug comes with no need for regular blood monitoring, no dietary restrictions, and no frequent dosage adjustments, allowing patients to eat what they like and spend their time doing things they enjoy. As with many other things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Xarelto has been linked to a number of serious side effects and health risks, including severe skin reactions.
If you have suffered a serious skin reaction, or any other serious injury from Xarelto, there is no need for you to suffer in silence. Our Xarelto injury attorneys at Farah & Farah are currently investigating Xarelto injury cases nationwide. We can tell you if you have a Xarelto case, and what damages you may be entitled to claim.
Skin Reaction Side Effects of Xarelto
The Mayo Clinic provides a long list of more common, less common, rare, and incidence not known side effects for rivaroxaban (Xarelto). Skin reaction side effects in this lengthy list include:
- Itching, numbness, burning, crawling, prickling, “pins and needles,” or tingling feelings;
- Peeling, blistering, or loosening of the skin;
- Hives, itching, or skin rash;
- Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids, or around the eyes, face, tongue, or lips;
- Skin lesions, red and often with a purple center;
- Ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips;
- Blisters; and
- Unusual bruising or bleeding.
Similar skin reaction side effects are reported on WebMD:
- Small skin blister;
- Giant hives;
- Life-threatening allergic reaction;
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes from liver problems; and
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a life-threatening disorder of the skin and mucous membranes.
What Is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a rare but very severe side effect of Xarelto. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is a severe disorder of the skin and mucous membranes, usually caused by a medication or infection. When this condition develops, it is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization. Depending on the severity, it can take weeks to months to recover from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
If the condition develops several days before the rash appears, the patient may experience:
- Burning eyes
- Sore throat and mouth
When the rash appears, Stevens-Johnson symptoms include:
- Swelling of the face
- Swelling of the tongue
- Red or purple rash that spreads in hours or days
- Shedding of the skin
- Blisters on the skin and in the mouth, eyes, nose, and genitalia
If the above symptoms appear, it is important to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Stevens-Johnson can be life-threatening. Associated complications include:
- Inflammation of the eyes: In severe cases, this can cause extensive tissue damage and scarring, leading to blindness.
- Secondary skin infection: Cellulitis (bacterial skin infection) can develop with Stevens-Johnson and lead to life-threatening complications, such as sepsis (blood infection).
- Sepsis: When bacteria from infection enter the blood stream and spread throughout the body, this life-threatening condition is known as sepsis. It can progress rapidly and cause shock and organ failure.
- Internal organ damage: In rare cases, Stephens-Johnson may cause inflammation of the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys.
- Permanent damage to the skin: When skin grows back after Stephens-Johnson Syndrome, there may be scars and abnormal coloring and bumps. The hair may fall out and the fingernails and toenails may no longer grow normally.
Legal Help for People Injured by Xarelto Nationwide
If you or your loved one developed Stephens-Johnson Syndrome or suffered any other serious injury from taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your losses. Drug companies have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products before they release them on the market. When they fail to do so, they should be held accountable for the harm their products cause.
Our knowledgeable Xarelto skin reaction lawyers at Farah & Farah offer a free case consultation with no obligation to individuals nationwide who have been injured by Xarelto. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 and let us evaluate your Xarelto claim.