What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner that was released on the United States market in 2011. It is manufactured by Bayer AG and distributed by Johnson&Johnson. After it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the first quarter of 2012 alone there were 130,000 prescriptions written for Xarelto in the United States and to this date over 11 million prescriptions have been written for the drug in the U.S. alone.
Unfortunately, since its release many different studies and reports have been published that suggest links between Xarelto usage and several very serious side effects.
Why is Xarelto More Dangerous?
There are risks with all blood thinners, but taking Xarelto carries more serious risks. Xarelto works differently than
other blood thinners on the market because it is an Xa inhibitor, meaning that it blocks a chemical in the blood called thrombin, which is responsible for making the blood clot. Xarelto carries a more serious risk than other blood thinners because there is no reversal antidote to it. If a patient is taking Xarelto and begins to suffer from internal bleeding, there is no way to stop it. If a patient is taking a different blood thinner, such as Warfarin, a doctor will be able to administer vitamin K or promatine sulfate in an emergency situation and the blood will begin to clot again. Because Xarelto is an Xa inhibitor, those reversal antidotes previously mentioned will not work for it and currently there is no antidote at all. This is why one of the side effects of Xarelto is uncontrollable internal bleeding, there is no medication available to make it stop.
Xarelto’s Serious Side Effects
Several studies have linked Xarelto to dangerous adverse events, with most of them stemming either from excessive blood clots or from uncontrollable internal bleeding. The FDA also issued a warning regarding certain medications that should not be taken with Xarelto under any circumstances, the full warning and list of medications can be found here.
Excessive Blood Clots
Ironically, Xarelto usage can cause excessive blood clots if the user stops taking the drug prematurely. This usually happens when a patient is transitioning from Xarelto to another blood thinner that has a reversal antidote. Stopping Xarelto too soon can cause deep vein thrombosis, a condition where blood clots form in the deep veins of the arms or the legs. If this blood clot travels to the lungs and causes a blockage, then it becomes a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is especially dangerous because symptoms may only begin to show after the situation has become much more serious. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and severe chest pain. A blockage in the lungs is very dangerous because it can starve the body of oxygen and eventually cause it to shut down.
Uncontrollable Internal Bleeding
The most common and dangerous adverse events related to Xarelto are incidents of uncontrollable internal bleeding. Since there is no reversal antidote for Xarelto, if an individual taking it suffers an injury that causes internal bleeding, the results may be disastrous. Internal bleeding can cause blood to pool around organs, cutting off their supply of freshly oxygenated blood, which may eventually lead them to shut down entirely. Internal bleeding may be more or less serious depending on where it is happening in the body. An internal bleed in the abdomen is especially dangerous because of the concentration of vital organs in that area such as the kidneys, liver, and intestines. An internal bleeding event in the brain can also be very serious. Blood pooling around the brain can starve brain cells of oxygen, cause them to die, and cause irreversible damage, very serious injury, or death.
Xarelto Injuries in Phoenix
Our team at Blood Thinner Help has been able to use known data to estimate the number of Xarelto injuries in Phoenix, Arizona. By comparing the 2010 U.S. Census data to the number of Xarelto prescriptions written for the United States, we are able to estimate how many residents of Phoenix are taking Xarelto and who may have been affected by the severe side effects.
Population of Phoenix (2010 U.S. Census) – 1,513,367
Estimated Number of Phoenix Residents Who Took Xarelto – 53,918
Estimated Number of Xarelto Injuries – 917
Do I Have A Xarelto Lawsuit?
If you think that you or a loved one may be a part of the number of Phoenix residents who have taken Xarelto and experienced adverse side effects, you have options available to you. If you have suffered from these side effects and been injured because of your Xarelto usage, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our Xarelto Lawyers Are Here To Help
Our Xarelto lawyers are liscensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Through our work on Xarelto lawsuits, we have built a network of working relationships with lawyers in every state in the country. We will be able to refer you to an experienced lawyer locally if you wish to keep your case near home. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation. Our lawyers will guide you through the process and fight for your right to justice and compensation.