What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a prescription anticoagulant (blood thinner) that contains the active ingredient rivaroxaban. It was approved by the FDA for use in 2011 and is distributed by Bayer AG and Johnson&Johnson.
Xarelto is different from other blood thinner drugs because it is an Xa inhibitor. It blocks Thrombin, a part of the blood which works to help the blood clot in the event of an injury. This is usually the desired effect for most patients who are taking blood thinners, which are usually prescribed after they undergo a knee or hip replacement surgery or to people who are experiencing unwanted and dangerous excess blood clots. However, Xarelto is a particularly dangerous drug because of the extreme side effects it can cause and the irreversible nature of the effects of the medication.
Xarelto’s Dangerous Side Effects
Since Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011, over 11 million prescriptions for it have been written across the United States. Many Xarelto users have reported experiencing adverse events when taking Xarelto, these adverse events being so severe that the FDA has currently attached two ‘Black Box’ warnings to Xarelto. These are the strictest warnings that the FDA can give to a drug short of recalling it.
In 2013 the FDA released a report discussing the adverse events that Xarelto can cause. The report revealed that out of the 2,100 people who reported adverse events while taking Xarelto, 1,821 of these individuals reported that the event was directly caused by Xarelto. The most commonly reported adverse event was a pulmonary embolism, followed by deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeds, and hemorrhages. Other events reported include thrombosis, cerebrovascular incidents, hematoma, dyspnea, hemoglobin deficiency, and edema. These adverse events are mostly caused by one of Xarelto’s most dangerous side effects, uncontrollable internal bleeding.
What is Internal Bleeding?
Internal bleeding occurs when damage is caused to an artery or a vein, allowing blood to escape the circulatory system and collect inside the body. Internal bleeds vary depending on the amount of damage to the organ, artery, or vein, the blood vessels that supply it, and the body’s ability to repair the damage on its own. The body’s blood clotting system is one way that it can repair internal bleeding injuries.
It is easy to identify external bleeding but very difficult to identify internal bleeding, making it much more dangerous. Symptoms of internal bleeding may not show until hours after it began and may only occur when there has been a significant amount of blood lost or if a clot has formed large enough to prevent an organ from functioning properly.
Internal bleeding is especially dangerous when the victim is taking Xarelto because Xarelto prevents the blood from clotting. Other blood thinners, such as Warafin, are made to work with a reversal antidote, such as vitamin K or protamine sulfate, which if administered will reverse the effects of the drug and help the blood clot. Since Xarelto blocks Thrombin, these reversal antidotes will not work. There is currently no known antidote to reverse the effects of Xarelto. For more information about internal bleeding, click here or visit this page to learn more about Xarelto’s side effects.
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Washington State
By comparing the number of Xarelto prescriptions written in the United States to the country’s population at the time, the number of adverse incidents reported, and the population of Washington, we are able to estimate how many Washington residents may have experienced the severe side effects of Xarelto and internal bleeding incidents. Washington State had a population of 6,724,540 at the time of the 2010 U.S Census and here are the populations of Washington’s biggest cities at that time.
- Seattle – 608,660
- Spokane – 208,916
- Tacoma – 198,397
- Vancouver – 161,791
- Bellevue – 122,363
These are the estimated internal bleeding incidents in Washington State caused by Xarelto:
- Seattle – 368
- Spokane – 126
- Tacoma – 198
- Vancouver – 97
- Bellevue – 74
Washington Xarelto Lawyers
If you or a loved one have taken Xarelto and experienced any of the severe side effects described here, our Washington Xarelto lawyers are here to help you. Lawsuits against Bayer AG and Johnson&Johnson are being filed all around the country and they are currently accepting cases against Xarelto. Your case could be next, do not hesitate to contact us if you think you may have a case against Xarelto. You can reach our Xarelto lawyers here, they are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
Resources for Washington Xarelto Victims
If you or a loved one have taken Xarelto and feel like you are experiencing any of the side effects or adverse events that the drug can cause, it is very important that you seek medical attention immediatly! Here is a map of hospitals located in Washington State. We have pulled the information for two of the larger ones below for you:
1550 N.115 St.
Seattle, WA 98133
400 NE Mother of Joseph PL.
Vancouver, WA 98664