Studies Reveal The Dangers Of Xarelto
Several studies have linked the popular blood thinner, Xarelto to detrimental internal bleeding events. In 2014 one study linked the drug to the risk of internal bleeding, especially an internal bleed in the form of a gastrointestinal bleed. This type of bleed was recorded as doubling for patients who take Xarelto in comparison to Warfarin. For more information about the study published in the British Medical Journal click here. Another study from Erasmus MC University Medical Center, revealed that there was a 1.49 times risk increase of internal bleeding in patients taking Xarelto versus those taking Warfarin. To further solidify these findings, a study published in the Clinical Cardiology in January of 2015, reflected the same findings of serious risk of internal bleeding in patients taking the blood thinner Xarelto. In this study it was reported that 478 patients who were on Xarelto suffered a major bleed and 14 patients died from this internal bleeding.
What Makes This Drug So Dangerous?
Xarelto is a anticoagulant or blood thinner drug. Simply put as an anticoagulant, Xarelto is used to treat and prevent blood clots that may develop in blood vessels. As a blood thinner, Xarelto was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011. The drug contains an active ingredient called rivaroxaban which is an Xa blocker, a part of the blood called Thrombin. Thrombin allows blood to clot in our bodies and taking Xarelto prevents this from happening. The use of blood thinners is good as it prevents blood clots that may block blood vessels. If an artery is blocked it stops blood and oxygen from moving to various parts of the body, potentially causing harm. A blood thinner like Xarelto would be prescribed for patients who have undergone a hip or knee replacement surgery or for patients who, for other medical problems, are suffering from excessive blood clots.
The issue, when it comes to Xaretlo is that if a patient already prescribed Xarelto suffers an injury, they may have irreparable injuries due to an internal bleed. Other blood thinners such as Warfarin, allow for the possibility of injuries occurring and can be reversed through administering vitamin K which is originally blocked by Warfarin and prevents blood clots from forming easily. However, Xarelto blocks thrombin and there is no reversal antidote for this blockage, leading to severe internal bleeding if an injury occurs.
What Side Effects Are Linked To Xarelto?
As with all blood thinners, the patient is at risk of suffering from internal bleeding. But, as already stated above, other blood thinners have a reversal agent and Xarelto does not, making it incredibly dangerous.
From the studies performed, a common side effect of taking Xarelto was uncontrollable internal bleeding which can lead to critical injuries and the death of patients. Some of the side effects of taking Xarelto are listed below:
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding or abdominal bleeding. This is a symptom of disorder within the digestive tract. The blood may not always be visible, but often appears in either stool or vomit. This type of bleed is very dangerous as it can cause blood to pool to vital organs and in turn shut off blood supply to these organs.
- Pulmonary Embolism. This is caused by the sudden blocking of a vital blood vessel in the lung, normally due to a blood clot. If clots are large they have the potential to stop any blood flowing to the lungs. Common symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include sharp chest pain, worsened by coughing or taking deep breaths, coughing up pink, foamy mucus and experiencing sudden shortness of breath. A major risk associated with Xarelto is that it can cause blood clots if stopped abruptly.
- Colon Bleeding or rectal bleeding. Bleeding from the rectum, which is the last part of the large bowel ending right before the anus, can be severe and even life threatening. The cause of this type of bleed indicates a problem within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms of this type of bleeding occurring are bright red blood showing in the stool, passing maroon colored stools, fever or abdominal cramps.
Missouri Internal Bleeding Events Due To Taking Xarelto
As of the last census estimate Missouri’s population estimate in 2014 was 6,063,589. A comparison of this number with Xarelto prescriptions that have been prescribed for the American population,shows that there were approximately 209,089 people in Missouri who were prescribed or were taking Xarelto. We also estimate approximately 3,555 people who may have experienced adverse side effects from taking Xarelto.
Missouri’s five densely populated cities and populations are as follows:
- Kansas City- 467,007 population
- St. Louis- 318,416 population
- Springfield- 164,122 population
- Independence- 117,240 population
- Columbia- 115,276 population
Estimated Bleeding Incidents In Missouri Cities
For the five populous cities we used the above formula to come up with estimated numbers of people affected by taking Xarelto.
- Kansas City- 274
- St. Louis- 187
- Springfield- 96
- Independence- 69
- Columbia- 68
How Do I File A Xarelto Lawsuit?
At this stage questions most likely abound if you or a loved one has been prescribed Xarelto. You may have even experienced one or some of the side effects mentioned above. If this is you, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Contact our Missouri Xarelto Lawyers for a free consultation and we will also evaluate your case at no charge.
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Missouri Xarelto Victims In Need Of Help Beyond Legal
The consequences of Xarelto go beyond legal implications if you have lost a loved one due to complications suffered while taking Xarelto. In Missouri there are professional services available to help you in your time of grief. We have compiled a list of grief therapists in Missouri for you to contact, click here for details. For a list of bereavement support groups in Missouri, please visit this page here.