Approved by the FDA in 2011, Xarelto has now become one of the most popular blood-thinning alternatives to warfarin, an older drug that required strict monitoring of the patient’s diet and drug regimen to be effective. Xarelto is prescribed to patients as preventive treatment for certain heart problems and to avoid the possible risk of blood clots. It is prescribed for conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation and pulmonary embolism. The drug is reported to have a return worth billions of dollars in sales and is widely prescribed in the US.
Although Xarelto has been leading the market for anticoagulants, it has been in the news for having fatal side effects. There have been a substantial number of reported cases of internal bleeding in patients due to the drug and many have sued the manufacturer, Bayer, for not providing adequate warning. One of the reasons that Xarelto is more dangerous than drugs like warfarin when it comes to internal bleeding is that it has no antidote that can stop excessive bleeding.
Signs of bleeding caused by Xarelto
Many patients have reported the following symptoms that can point towards possible dangerous internal bleeding
- Bruising that takes long to heal
- Bleeding from cuts that takes long to stop
- Blood in vomit
- Nosebleeds that happen frequently and take long to stop
- Blood colored feces
- Severe dizziness
- Unexplained pain and/or swelling
It is extremely important to report these symptoms to your doctor if they happen (while taking Xarelto) because they could be signaling to an internal bleed. Xarelto might be more appealing to patients versus other anticoagulants because it does not require regular blood monitoring, however this makes it more dangerous. The Institute of Safe Medical Practices put Xarelto at the top of the list for most dangerous blood thinners. Moreover, the FDA has reported more deaths caused by Xarelto as compared to its older counterpart, warfarin.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Xarelto and have experienced any unlikely symptoms, you must contact a medical expert immediately. You may also be eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer and demand a fair compensation for the physical and emotional distress that you have suffered. Internal bleeding can leave your health quite fragile and can result in extensive medical bills, loss of time at work and dependence on others. Furthermore, family members and loved ones who become caretakers for people suffering from a Xarelto injury may also suffer, both financially and emotionally. In worst cases, loved ones must cope with the death of a family member and be forced to take on funeral expenses and other financial responsibility for the loved one who died as a result of uncontrolled bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Atkins and Markoff has a team of competent and experienced dangerous drug lawyers in Oklahoma who can assist you and your loved ones by representing you in the courtroom. We believe in reviewing your case diligently and preparing strong grounds for the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today with any questions you may have or set up a meeting with our lawyers.