Xarelto is a brand name, prescription anticoagulant that is made up of the active ingredient rivaroxaban. Xarelto is frequently recommended to patients who have recently undergone a hip or knee replacement surgery or who are experiencing excessive and unwanted blood clots. Xarelto’s make up is different from other blood thinners on the market as it works by being an Xa inhibitor, blocking Thrombin, the chemical in the blood that is responsible for making the blood clot.
From the time Xarelto was authorized by the FDA in 2011, more than 11 million scripts have been written for the drug all over America.
Why is Xarelto So Dangerous?
All blood thinners come with risks, but Xarelto carries more risks than other blood thinners because there is no reversal antidote to it. While Xarelto is in an individuals system, there is no way for blood to clot. With other blood thinners, such as Warfarin, reversal antidotes are available so the effects of the blood thinner can be reversed in the event of an emergency. If the patient was taking Warfarin and experiencing internal bleeding, a doctor would administer vitamin K or protamine sulfate and the blood would clot again.
In the case of Xarelto, there is no known antidote because the drug blocks Thrombin. If an individual taking Xarelto suffers an accident and experiences internal bleeding, there is no known way to control the bleeding. This internal bleeding can result in very severe injuries.
For these reasons, Xarelto now holds two ‘Black Box’ warnings that have been attached to it by the FDA. The Black Box warning is the most strict warning that the FDA can attach to a drug without recalling it.
Xarelto’s Dangerous Side Effects
The uncontrollable internal bleeding that Xarelto causes is not the only serious side effect, but one of two main adverse events that people can have while taking Xarelto.
The adverse events associated with the medication can be put into two groups for the most part. The first one is injuries caused by uncontrollable internal bleeding, and the second one is injuries that are caused when a patient discontinues Xarelto prematurely.
Excessive Blood Clots
When patients stop taking Xarelto prematurely, they are at risk for excessive and unwanted blood clots. Discontinuing Xarelto usage early has been known to lead to deep vein vein thrombosis. DVT is the formation of a blood clot in the deep leg vein. DVT is very serious and can result in permanent damage to the leg or even worse, lead to a possible life-threatening pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a DVT that breaks off and travels in the circulation where it gets trapped in the lung where it is able to block oxygen supply.
Xarelto can also cause uncontrollable internal bleeding in patients and this internal bleeding can cause many serious problems. Since Xarelto blocks all blood from clotting, if a patient taking Xarelto is hurt and has injuries that cause internal bleeding, the bleeding will not stop. Internal bleeding is dangerous because blood can pool around the organs and cut off their supply of oxygenated blood. This can cause the organs serious damage and eventually cause them to shut down. Internal bleeding in the brain and in the abdominal area can be especially serious. The abdominal area houses a high concentration of vital organs and any of these losing their blood supply would be very dangerous. Internal bleeding in the brain can starve the brain cells of oxygen and if they’re cut off from the oxygen supply for too long they will begin to die. Internal bleeding or blood clots in the brain can also cause a stroke. Visit our Xarelto Side Effects Information page for further details about adverse effects.
The FDA issued a warning in early 2014 listing several medications that can be dangerous if taken with Xarelto. If you are on any of these medications and are prescribed Xarelto, it is important to consult your doctor immediately, as combining them can cause serious unexpected side effects.
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Internal Bleeding Incidents in Kentucky
Using known data, we have acquired data that shows possible figures of internal bleeding incidents that took place in Kentucky. A comparison of the U.S.’s 2010 population data to the number of Kentucky State’s population data from the same time period, enabled us to figure out the number of internal bleeding events due to Xarelto in Kentucky and its five largest cities.
At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Kentucky was 4,339,367. We’ve estimated that there has been a total of approximately 2,628 internal bleeding incidents caused by Xarelto across the entire state. The statistics for Kentucky’s top five most populous cities are listed below:
Population of the Top Five Most Populous Kentucky Cities
- Louisville – 597,227
- Lexington – 295,803
- Bowling Green – 58,067
- Owensboro – 57,265
- Covington – 40,640
Internal Bleeding Events in Top Five Cities
- Louisville – 361
- Lexington – 179
- Bowling Green – 35
- Owensboro – 34
- Covington – 24
Have I Got A Xarelto Lawsuit?
If you or someone dear to you had a script written for Xarelto and ended up experiencing any of the unfavorable conditions mentioned earlier, then you may have a right to a settlement for what you went through because of this drug.
I Want To File A Xarelto Lawsuit
The first step to filing a Xarelto lawsuit is to contact us for a no cost case evaluation and consultation, our team is here to assist at any time of the day.Our legal team has the know-how to approach conglomerates such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
The Xarelto lawyers that we work with directly are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and Virginia. However, our attorneys are not authorized to practice law in Kentucky but we are able to file lawsuits in the states we are licensed in on behalf of Xarelto victims from anywhere in the country. If it is your preference to have your case handled by local Kentucky counsel, we can help you with that as we have a great network of legal professionals in Kentucky and will gladly help you find a lawyer in your home state.
Resources for Xarelto Victims in Kentucky
If you believe that you may be going through any of the above described unfavorable effects, it is of the utmost importance that you get medical attention right away.
Saint Josephs Hospital
1 St. Joseph Drive
Lexington, KY 40504
200 E Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202