Since it was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011, the popular blood-thinner drug Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) has been linked to over 2,100 adverse event reports. Among the most cited injuries associated with Xarelto are blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). If left untreated, Xarelto blood clots can cause severe health complications, including death.
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How are Blood Clots Treated?
Blood clots are caused by the coagulation of blood in order to stop bleeding from injury or other trauma. However, these clots can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening under abnormal circumstances. Specifically, abnormal blood clots occur when the coagulation process is inappropriately triggered in an uninjured blood vessel.
A number of thrombogenic substances are found in the skin and blood vessel walls. These substances are normally separated from the flow of blood, and their contact with blood typically means that the vessel wall has been broken and is bleeding. There are 2 separate and distinct types of blood clots:
- Superficial Phlebitis – Clot that develops in the small veins near the skin’s surface, which may cause localized redness, pain and swelling. Superficial phlebitis clots rarely cause complications and require minimal treatment.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – Clot that develops inside one of the body’s deep veins (most often the arms or legs), which can cause widespread symptoms in the affected area, resulting in more serious damage to the body.
Treatment for blood clots can take a number of different forms, depending on the type and cause of the clot. Anticoagulant drugs like heparin and warfarin may be administered to stop the formation and growth of existing clots. These medicines slow the time it takes for blood to clot, and can prevent additional clotting. Heparin is a fast-acting anticoagulant that is given through a needle inserted into a vein (IV), but it can also be injected under the skin. IV heparin starts working within minutes, and is most commonly administered in a hospital setting. The advantage of heparin is that it is relatively cheap and works fast.
The disadvantage of heparin is that it requires frequent blood tests and the need for hospitalization for additional injections. Side effects of the drug may include bleeding, skin rash, headache, upset stomach and decreased bone strength. Warfarin is a long-acting anticoagulant that is given in pill form. Its advantages are that it is cheap, reliable, and does not require hospitalization. The drawbacks of warfarin include bleeding, headache, rash, hair loss, skin problems and elevated liver enzymes.
Lifestyle & Home Treatments
There are a number of lifestyle and home treatments that can help reduce the risk of blood clots. Always try to avoid sitting for extended periods of time (2 hours or more). If you are a frequent airline traveler, walking up and down the aisle every half hour or so can promote circulation. Following a surgery or extended bed rest, the sooner one begins to get up and move around again the better. Do not needlessly delay physical activity because it may cause more harm later on down the road. However, it is important not to rush into strenuous physical activity too soon, either. Consult your doctor for the best course of action for you.
Do I Have a Xarelto Blood Clot 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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