Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban), a blood-thinner drug, was approved by the FDA in July 2011 as a stroke preventative measure for patients with atrial fibrillation (afib). Designed to be a replacement for warfarin, Xarelto was marketed as safer and easier to use because it supposedly requires less intensive patient monitoring. However, what drug-makers did not mention is that Xarelto may cause episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding which cannot be controlled, whereas with warfarin, bleeding can be reversed with a single dose of vitamin k.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What are the Complications of Gastrointestinal Bleeding?
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. The amount of GI bleeding can be hard to detect; however, in some cases, it can be extensive and even life-threatening. The bleeding may occur in the upper GI tract between the mouth and upper portion of the intestine, or it can occur in the lower tract between the small intestine and anus. Gastrointestinal bleeding can indicate a serious disease and prolonged bleeding can cause one or more of the following complications:
- Anemia – Prolonged bouts of gastrointestinal bleeding can lead to a catastrophic loss of iron, which can cause anemia. Red blood cells contain a protein called hemoglobin which is required to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. A lack of hemoglobin and red blood cells can occur during gastrointestinal bleeding, causing anemia. Symptoms of this condition may include severe chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, headaches, shortness of breath and reduced mental clarity.
- Hypovolemia – Can occur as a complication of gastrointestinal bleeding. Due to a loss of blood and fluid, the heart is forced to work harder to pump enough blood to the body. This life-threatening condition is referred to as hypovolemia, and it can cause the body’s organs to stop working. Symptoms include clammy skin, confusion, agitation, decreased urine output, weakness, pale skin, quick breathing, and loss of consciousness.
- Shock – Acute and massive bleeding from the GI tract can cause a lack of blood flow to the body. This can cause irreversible organ damage and even lead to death if it is not treated. Signs and symptoms of shock include low blood pressure, cyanosis, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, pale skin, rapid heart beat (arrythmias), shallow breathing and unconsciousness.
- Dehydration / Chest Pain – Dehydration is another potential complication of GI bleeding. The patient may also develop pain in the chest, especially if there is a pre-existing heart problem present.
Do I Have a Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 gastrointestinal bleeding cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.