Xarelto is still a relatively new anticoagulant. It was first introduced in 2011 to serve as an alternative to warfarin and as a competitive product to Pradaxa. It is a drug that was prescribed to help prevent pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and strokes.
Even though it was promoted as an effective and safe drug, there are a number of reports that state that Xarelto side effects may significantly increase the potential for uncontrollable and serious bleeds, hemorrhages, and in severe cases death.
Warnings and proper information about the risks of Xarelty have not been disclosed properly to consumers, as well as those in the medical community according to a number of allegations brought up in product liability lawsuits that are being pursued in the U.S.
A number of severe injuries and even deaths could have been avoided if the proper warnings had been issued regarding the bleeding risks related to Xarelto. Another factor that may have helped to save lives is if there was a reversal agent that had been approved by the FDA to counteract the effects of the blood thinning medication.
Bleeding Risks Associated with Xarelto
Xarelto a drug that is part of the “direct thrombin inhibitors” class of drugs. It was developed in a joint effort by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer and is now considered a blockbuster medication.
Since Xarelto was originally introduced in 2011 it has been purchased by millions of Americans to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke that are associated with various conditions. The medication is effective because it inhibits the enzyme present in the blood that creates clots. However, since there is no antidote that has been approved to reverse Xarelto’s blood thinning effects, many patients find that they don’t have any options if a bleed or hemorrhage occurs.
Xarelto was originally marketed as a drug that was easier to use than warfarin; however, crucial safety warnings and information were withheld.
Warnings about Xarelto
Much like any other anticoagulant, the Xarelto warnings that have been released indicate that it has the potential to cause bleeding. However, the information that has been provided is not sufficient and it does not convey how serious and potentially deadly the side effects of Xarelto may be. As a result, many people have filed lawsuits in an attempt to recover some monetary compensation for the injuries they incurred.
If you took Xarelto and suffered any type of injury or issue because of it, it may be wise to contact an attorney. They can evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds to seek compensation.