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Xarelto Bleeding Risks

You have probably seen TV ads for Xarelto. They tell you about the great things Xarelto does for people like:

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You may have tuned out as the announcer began to list the many side effects of Xarelto. These side effects include bleeding (like Xarelto nose bleeds), bruising (a sign of bleeding) or “abnormal bleeding.” There is also the warning that, “Xarelto can cause bleeding, which can be serious and rarely may lead to death.”

The reality is that these Xarelto bleeding risks can have serious consequences for patients and their families.

Why Xarelto Bleeding Is Dangerous

Xarelto is an alternative to warfarin (Coumadin). It is a strong anticoagulant, or blood thinner, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use to prevent blood clots in patients who:

  • Have a risk of stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, due to non-heart valve-related atrial fibrillation
  • Are being treated for potentially deadly blood clots know as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which form in the legs, or pulmonary embolism (PE), which form in the lungs
  • Have undergone knee or hip replacement surgery, which can lead to DVT or PE.

The companies behind Xarelto –Bayer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals – often tout that the drug is a pill that can be taken once a day and does not (in contrast to warfarin) require frequent blood tests to ensure users maintain correct levels of the drug in their systems.

However, while bleeding associated with warfarin can be counteracted with vitamin K, the same cannot be said for Xarelto. There is no antidote. If you are on Xarelto and start to bleed, the reality is that there is little doctors can do for you until the drug leaves your system.

Concerns About Xarelto

Among the concerns about Xarelto is that patients taking it could suffer such Xarelto side effects such as internal bleeding, including Xarelto-induced gastrointestinal bleeding. This bleeding may not be recognized or halted soon enough for doctors to prevent a patient from going into shock, which could be fatal.

Indications of internal bleeding after taking Xarelto may include side effects like:

  • Severe or lingering headaches
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Blood in stool or urine
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.

WebMD explains additional Xarelto side effects that should be cause for concern.

If you suffer any of these Xarelto side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Regardless of your reaction to Xarelto, it is important that you not stop taking it (or any prescribed drug) without your doctor’s approval to do so. Suddenly halting your use of Xarelto could increase your risk of developing a potentially deadly blood clot.

The issue that Xarelto lawsuit lawyers such as those at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are now reviewing is whether the manufacturers and distributors of Xarelto adequately warned consumers of bleeding risks.

Did the companies downplay Xarelto’s potentially deadly side effects and fail to inform patients about the lack of an antidote if they started bleeding out after taking Xarelto?

We are continuing our work to seek just compensation for patients and families who may have suffered Xarelto side effects. To discuss how we can assist you, simply call us toll-free or submit our online contact form to set up a free discussion of your case.