Xarelto Causes Bleeding

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Dangerous Drugs, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical Liability | 0 comments

Xarelto, an anticoagulant, is distributed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and quickly rose as a market leader in blood thinners due to the ease of use in comparison to the medical options available at the time. For example, the leading anticoagulant Warfarin required two pills daily and frequent doctor visits to monitor the amount of drug in the blood and prevent bleeding incidents.

Manufacturers of Xarelto advertised the drug to be less of a hassle by not requiring blood tests or constant monitoring by doctors. While the advertising worked to pull patients from similar drugs to the more convenient Xarelto, many patients were experiencing side effects they were not warned about, such as internal bleeding.

Without the frequent blood tests required by other anticoagulants, Xarelto users were suffering an above average occurrence of bleeding incidents. This was made more serious by the lack of antidote for the drug. When an individual taking Xarelto experiences excess bleeding, the patient must wait till the drug leaves the blood system. This process could take up to 24 hours in adult patients.

Types of bleeding that Xarelto is known to cause include bleeding from the rectum, intestinal bleeds, hemorrhaging, and brain bleeding. According to the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, Xarelto is also known for causing fatal gastrointestinal bleeds. The drug was issued a black box warning, the most serious warning given by the FDA, for spinal bleeding. A serious spinal bleed could result in permanent paralysis.

Since Xarelto is a blood thinner without an antidote, cases of excess bleeding when a patient is using the drug are more serious than in other circumstances. Even minor cuts and bruises can cause severe blood loss or internal bleeding incidents. These types of injuries that do not normally require hospital visits, may then require a costly physician’s assistance to treat injuries caused by Xarelto. Furthermore, minor injuries are capable of becoming fatal when internal bleeding goes unnoticed.

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