Xarelto Side Effects: Severe Internal Bleeding
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a newer class of prescription anticoagulant or blood thinner drug manufactured by Bayer to prevent blood clots and treat those patients who could develop deep vein thrombosis or DVT. It was approved by the FDA in 2011.
The drug generally marketed as an alternative to popular blood thinner Warfarin. Though Xarelto has been tested in clinical trials, it is still fairly new and the full range of its potential side effects is still being uncovered. Thus far, alarming evidence has surfaced as to the potential for severe internal bleeding while on this drug.
Bleeding is one of Xarelto’s recognized side effects, and it can be life threatening. Bleeding is just was likely to occurred with Xarelto as with Warfarin. However, unlike Warfarin, there is no antidote to stop the bleeding with Xarelto.
Vitamin K administration will not stop the bleeding with this drug, as it does with Warfarin, due to the mechanism by which Xarelto prevents clots. Accordingly, if you have a serious bleed with Xarelto, it may take longer to treat and sometimes cannot be stopped.
Internal bleeding is a major threat to patients taking Xarelto. When a vein or artery is damaged, blood can leak into the circulatory system and accumulate in various parts of the body. In most people, a blood clot would form to stop the internal bleeding.
People using Xarelto, however, may be unable to form clots, allowing even minor bleeding to turn into a massive problem.
Signs and Symptoms of Bleeding
It is critical that anyone taking Xarelto recognize the signs and symptoms of bleeding. Bleeding may not always be obvious, particularly when it is internal bleeding. Some signs and symptoms of bleeding include:
- Coughing up blood
- Bruising that occurs easily or takes longer than normal to heal
- Dark or blood stained vomit
- Red or dark brown urine
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Nosebleeds, particularly if they occur more often or take longer to resolve
- Heavier than usual menstrual periods
- Severe headaches
- Bleeding from cuts, scrapes, or wounds that takes a long time to stop
- Unexplained pain, swelling or discomfort
- Unexplained paleness, weakness, or shock
When you are on Xarelto, a serious fall or other injury can result in internal bleeding that is not obvious. As such, it is crucial that you report any falls, cuts, bruising, scratches, or accidents to your doctor even if you do not notice bleeding.
Internal bleeding that cannot be controlled can lead to hemorrhaging, blood transfusions, and even death. A number of patients injured due to Xarelto are bringing lawsuits across the country, claiming the manufacturer and marketers of the drug acted negligently in allowing its release to the public despite these dangers, and not informing patients of the potential serious risks involved.
If you have experienced internal bleeding while on Xarelto, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Zinda Law Group: An Experienced Attorney Team Handling Xarelto Cases
Anyone who has suffered complications from the dangerous drug Xarelto may be entitled to financial compensation. This drug 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 taking on 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 your recovery options. Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our aggressive Xarelto attorneys.