What Is Xarelto And How Does It Work?
You’ve seen the advertisements on television, in magazines, and online: celebrities like Arnold Palmer and Kevin Nealon promoting a medication called Xarelto. You’ve probably heard about Xarelto on the news. The drug has been found to have some dangerous side effects, bringing lawsuits against its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson’s Jensson Pharmaceuticals. But, what is Xarelto? What is it used to treat? And, how does it work? Before you take any medication, it’s important to know the drug’s history, approved uses, possible side effects, and adverse reactions when combined with other drugs.
If you or a family member has suffered an adverse side effect from Xarelto, you may be able to pursue compensation from the physician that prescribed it and the medication’s manufacturer. To find out if you have a viable personal injury claim, you need to contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
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What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a brand name for the drug rivaroxaban. Xarelto is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients who suffer from strokes, irregular heartbeats, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
How Does Xarelto Work?
Xarelto is what’s called an anti-thrombotic drug. Blood clots are a body’s way of stopping bleeding caused by a tissue injury. When a tissue injury occurs, certain chemicals in the body are activated, resulting in the formation of the enzyme thrombin. Thrombin causes a protein in blood called fibrinogen to be converted to another protein known as fibrin. Fibrin binds blood cells called platelets together, forming a blood clot. When you cut your finger, it bleeds for a brief period, then the blood coagulates, or congeals, and the bleeding stops. This is the body’s natural way of healing itself.
However, sometimes blood clots may form in undesirable locations, such as within veins and arteries in the brain, heart, lungs, and other limbs. These blood clots are extremely dangerous and can cause strokes, paralysis, and even death.
Xarelto prevents dangerous blood clots by binding to a substance called factor Xa, which prevents the formation of the enzyme thrombin. With no thrombin present, fibrinogen can’t be converted to fibrin. Thus, no clotting.
Dangerous Side Effects of Xarelto
Your body’s chemistry is a delicate balance. When another chemical is introduced, it can result in a dangerous imbalance. While chemicals are introduced to the body to counteract certain negative symptoms, sometimes the negative symptoms can outweigh the positive symptoms. This appears to often be the case with Xarelto. Patients using the drug have suffered such unwelcome side effects as decreased hemoglobin, hematoma, bleeding in the brain, swelling of the lower limbs, and difficulty breathing. In the worst cases, Xarelto has caused severe internal bleeding, which can lead to death.
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