Xarelto is a popular anticoagulant on the market that is marketed as “one-size-fits-all” type of drug, unlike the older anticoagulants, like Warfarin that require multitudes of doctors visits and blood tests to get the correct dosage per person.
Xarelto was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 as a blood thinner to be used by patients who had a knee or hip replacement surgery in order to lower the chances of blood clots forming. Further approval of Xarelto was for use in people with AFib, brought on by poor blood circulation in the body, in order to lower the chances of blood clots in such patients.
Medical Studies Associate High Risk Of Internal Bleeding With Xarelto
Unfortunately, ever since Xarelto was approved the FDA, there have been multiple lawsuits that have been filed against the makers of the drug due to patients experiencing internal bleeding events. There have been medical studies undertaken that ascertain the negative effects Xarelto can have on a patient. Some of the medical study summaries are as follows:
- British Medical Journal– results of their study implied that the chances of internal bleeding, more so gastrointestinal bleeding, are likely to double in individuals who are taking Xarelto as opposed to those using Warfarin.
- Erasmus MC University Medical Center (Rotterdam)- this research discovered a 1.49 times rise in the possibility of someone taking Xarelto experiencing an internal bleed in comparison to someone taking Warfarin.
- Baylor College of Medicine- this study released in the Clinical Cardiology in January 2015, evaluated 27,467 individuals using Xarelto for the period January 2013 to March 2014 and found that 487 of those evaluated experienced a major bleed incident, and fatally 14 of those individuals died from the internal bleeding.
Other Known Adverse Effects Of Taking Xarelto
Unlike the more traditional blood thinner Warfarin, Xarelto has no known antidote in the event that the blood is required to clot if an injury occurs. Due to Xarelto’s make up and lack of antidote, the following are some of the side effects a patient taking Xarelto may experience if injured:
- Abdominal Bleeding: An internal bleeding in the abdomen can happen in the esophagus, large intestine, colon, rectum, anus, and small intestine. Depending on where the bleed is occurring the symptoms may include, light-headedness, shortness of breath, blood in the stool, and decreased blood pressure.
- Brain Hemorrhage: This is a type of stroke caused by the bursting of an artery that causes localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This form of bleeding is known to kill brain cells. Symptoms of a brain hemorrhage will vary depending on the location of the bleeding, the intensity of the bleeding, and also the amount of tissue affected. Symptoms can develop suddenly or over time, or they can progress for the worst or suddenly happen. Symptoms can be a sudden severe headache, seizures, weakness in arm or leg, lethargy among other things.
- Abnormal liver function: The JAMA Internal Medicine Journal states that Xarelto can lead to Hepatitis or abnormal liver function. Symptoms of abnormal liver function can include weakness and fatigue, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and jaundice.
For more information about Xarelto side effects, visit our Xarelto side effects and risks page.
Drugs That Do Not Work Well With Xarelto
The FDA in early 2014 gave a warning about Xarelto stating that Xarelto should not be taken with certain types of medications. Some of these medications are:
- St. John’s wort
Approximate Internal Bleeding Events In Hawaii & Its Major Cities
From the time Xarelto became part of the blood thinner market in 2011 over 11 million prescriptions have been
dispensed for the drug all across America. To figure out the approximate cases of internal bleeding events in Hawaii, we utilized Hawaii’s current population number of 1,419,561 and in correlation with the sum total population of America and concluded that out of the 11 million prescriptions, 48,950 of those prescriptions were from Hawaii. Furthermore, we worked out that roughly 832 of the prescriptions ended in the person taking Xarelto suffering a severe bleeding event.
We went ahead and worked out the approximate cases of internal bleeding events in Hawaii’s five major cities.
Hawaii five major cities have the following populations:
- Honolulu- 371,657 population
- Pearl City- 47,698 population
- Hilo- 43,263 population
- Kailua- 38,635 population
- Waipahu- 38,216 population
Approximate Bleeding Events Correlated To Xarelto Usage In Hawaii’s Five Major Cities:
- Honolulu- 218
- Pearl City- 28
- Hilo- 25
- Kailua- 23
- Waipahu- 22
How Do I Know If I Can File A Lawsuit?
Hundreds of people and families who have seen first hand the terrible side effects of Xarelto when an internal bleeding injury occurs, and are filing lawsuits against the producers of the drug, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Upon reading this information and are now aware that you or someone near and dear to you has had some of the events described in this article happen to them while taking Xarelto, then you have a legal right to seek justice by filing a Xarelto lawsuit. If you need to find out more information about whether or not you have a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact us as we can help clarify some questions you may have.
Our Hawaii Xarelto legal counsel is here to assist you in this time and is available at any time of the day. Call us today for a free of charge evaluation.