Approved in July 2011, the widely-prescribed anticoagulant drug Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) has recently been reported to cause uncontrollable internal bleeding events in some patients. Xarelto is designed to inhibit the blood’s clotting mechanisms in order to treat atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. However, this action also increases the risk of internal bleeding episodes that cannot be reversed or counteracted.
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How Can Xarelto Cause Internal Bleeding?
If you are preparing to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, your doctor may prescribe rivaroxaban to prevent blood clots. Invented and manufactured by Bayer HealthCare AG, rivaroxaban is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals under the brand name Xarelto. This drug is also approved to prevent blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (afib). Unlike other anticoagulants which are usually injected, Xarelto comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth. Unfortunately, in its short time on the market, Xarelto has already been linked to an increased risk for internal bleeding events.
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Xarelto has been associated with increased rates of bleeding compared to a placebo: among patients treated with a 2.5 mg dose twice a day, major bleeding was significantly higher (1.3%) than in patients treated with a placebo (0.4%). Intracranial hemorrhage and hemorrhagic stroke rates were also higher among Xarelto users compared to those on a placebo pill.
Signs of Internal Bleeding
Xarelto is designed to thin the blood, and sometimes it does just that – with unanticipated results. Key warning signs of Xarelto bleeding may include:
- Unexpected bleeding or unusually long lasting bleeding
- Severe or uncontrollable bleeding
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black stools
- Bruises with unknown cause
- Blood clots and coughing up blood
- Blood in vomit or vomit with “coffee grounds” consistency
- Unexpected pain, swelling, joint pain, headaches, dizziness, weakness
All prescription drugs come with risks, so it’s important to do the proper research before taking any medication. Users are more prone to serious side effects if they’re over the age of 75, have stomach ulcers, suffer from kidney problems, or have stomach or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding problems. Before undergoing treatment with Xarelto, talk to your doctor about any of these potential red flags.
No Antidote with Xarelto
What most patients aren’t aware of is that there is no antidote or reversal agent for internal bleeding events caused by Xarelto. An antidote to fix these problems is reportedly “in the works,” but that does nothing to help patients currently suffering from Xarelto-induced bleeding. Traditional anticoagulants like warfarin can be counteracted with vitamin k when bleeding episodes begin; however, this does not work with Xarelto.
Do I Have a Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bleeding cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.