Patients Undergoing A Colonoscopy Should Talk To Their Doctor About Blood Thinners

diagram of large instestine to be examined by colonoscopyAt some point during most people’s lives, a doctor recommends a procedure known as a colonoscopy. This test, which is performed while the patient is under anesthesia, allows doctors to examine the inner lining of the intestine. Typically, the procedure is recommended when symptoms indicate that the patient may have inflammation, ulcers, polyps, or tumors in the large intestine, or if the patient’s information places them in a group that is high risk for colon cancer.

The Risks

As with any procedure, there are certain risks involved. For anyone who takes blood thinners, those risks include anemia and unstoppable bleeding, especially if they have a polyp or tumor removed. This is why it is particularly important for anyone who is undergoing a colonoscopy to inform their doctor of all medications they are taking and discuss the benefits or risks of stopping those medications. For patients taking Xarelto, there are additional risks if they stop the blood thinner too quickly.

The Dangers Of Xarelto

Xarelto, an anticoagulant developed by Bayer Inc and Janssen Pharmaceutical, has been available through prescription since 2011 for the treatment of various conditions included atrial fibrillation and the prevention of blood clots. The drug was heralded by the manufacturers as revolutionary for one significant reason: the dose for each patient is the same, removing the need for constant monitoring and blood tests.

Older blood thinners, like Warfarin, need to be monitored constantly because the patient’s exercise level, diet, age, and other prescriptions can change how the drug impacts the body. This can mean that a patient has to return to visit their physician as often as once a week. So when given the opportunity to provide patients with a drug that wouldn’t disrupt their lives as frequently, doctors embraced Xarelto.

However, as the more than 5,000 plaintiffs involved in the every growing litigation learned, the drug has several dangerous side effects. The most dangerous of these, arguably, is the fact that the FDA has yet to approve an antidote for Xarelto. This means that if excessive bleeding begins, like that which can occur when a polyp is removed during a colonoscopy, nothing can be administered to encourage the blood to clot. If blood doesn’t clot, there is always the chance that a patient may lose so much blood that they pass away.

Others have reported that, while on Xarelto, they experienced a pulmonary embolism, stroke, spinal hemorrhage, and deep vein thrombosis.

Xarelto Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Inc and Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging that the manufacturers created and marketed a drug whose side effects caused serious injury or death in a plaintiff. Some further allege that important information was also withheld from peer reviewers while the drug was being analyzed by the FDA prior to its approval.

What Are Plaintiffs Seeking Compensation For?

In each personal injury case, plaintiffs are seeking compensation for:doctor discussing colonoscopy options

  • lost wages
  • medical expenses
  • physical pain and suffering
  • emotional turmoil

If the suit filed is a wrongful death complaint, the loved ones of a deceased family member are seeking:

  • funeral and burial expenses
  • loss of services and support provided by their loved one
  • loss of benefits and wages provided by their loved one
  • lost inheritance for surviving children

How Much Will Plaintiffs Get In Compensation?

If a plaintiff is awarded damages by a jury or in a settlement agreement with the manufacturers, the amount that is given will depend on the facts that pertain to their case.

How Do I Know If I Have A Case?

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have been harmed by the drug Xarelto, the best way to determine if you have a case is to consult with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can review your case and advise you about the legal options available to you.

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