Xarelto: How Dangerous Is It?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed by a division of Johnson & Johnson. This drug was intended to function as an alternative to the drug Warfarin, which also prevents blood clots yet comes with many food and drug interactions.
What was marketed as a miracle drug has sadly turned into disaster for many patients. Patient reports and studies on Xarelto continue to reveal daily the immense dangers associated with this drug.
The Number of Injuries and Deaths Associated with Xarelto is Alarming
Currently, the use of Xarelto is linked to more than 2,081 serious adverse events. This figure includes at least 151 deaths in the year 2012 alone.
According to a study released by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Xarelto ranks tenth among the drugs most commonly cited by the FDA in connection with adverse events. The most recent 2014 report indicates an increase in the number of adverse events experienced by those prescribed Xarelto.
Xarelto Side Effects
Xarelto is linked to a number of side effects, some serious and life threatening, and others potentially severe if not treated properly. The list of known side effects linked to the drug include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Vomiting blood
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Pink or brown urine
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Red or black stools
- Unexplained bruises or bruises that grow in size
- Bleeding from the gums
- Excessive menstruation
- Drastic sudden changes in blood pressure
- Tingling sensations on the skin
- Back pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Bladder issues
- Pain the extremities
- Muscle spasms
There is No Antidote to the Bleeding Potentially Caused by Xarelto
The most severe side effect associated with the use of Xarelto is fatal hemorrhaging or internal bleeding. When a patient on Xarelto starts to bleed, from even a minor injury such as a cut on the hand, there is virtually no way to stop it.
The reason for this reaction stems from the inherent mechanism found in the drug. Coagulation of the blood is dependent on the action of Vitamin K, which is naturally found in leafy greens and other vegetables.
Vitamin K leads to the production of clotting agent thrombin. The drug Warfarin disables Vitamin K to avoid clots, which means that in the event of a bleed, Vitamin K can be administered in high doses to stop it. Xarelto, on the other hand, prevents the production of Vitamin K whatsoever. Accordingly, once a patient starts to bleed, there is virtually no way to stop it.
Anyone who has experienced an injury due to Xarelto should consult a licensed attorney as soon as possible to explore their legal options.
Zinda Law Group: Our Attorneys Can Help if You Have Been Injured by Xarelto
More and more injured patients are stepping forward to reveal the true dangers of the drug Xarelto. Anyone who has suffered complications from this dangerous drug may be entitled to financial compensation.
Xarelto has caused fatal and serious injuries in many, including internal bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. The Texas Defective Drug Attorneys at Zinda Law Group are going up against the makers of Xarelto on behalf of our injured clients and the loved ones of those who were tragically killed due to the drug.
Contact us today to explore you legal recovery options. Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our aggressive Xarelto attorneys.