What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulent drug, or in other words a blood thinner. It also goes by the generic name of rivrabaxon. Xarelto is an Xa inhibitor, meaning that it blocks thrombin, the chemical in the blood that helps the blood to clot. With thrombin blocked, the blood will not clot. For most patients taking blood thinners, this is a good thing and the drugs are prescribed for this purpose. Blood thinners, including Xarelto, have been prescribed to patients who have recently undergone hip and knee replacement surgeries.
The Dangers of Xarelto
Xarelto currently has two black box warnings attached to its name. These are the strictest warnings that the FDA can give to a drug without actually recalling it. Many of the reported cases of Xarelto side effect complications have resulted in hospitalization and in far too many cases, death. The most commonly reported event that individuals experience is pulmonary embolism, followed by deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeds, and hemorrhages. The FDA released a report that analyzed the adverse effects of Xarelto and out of the 2,100 incidences of adverse effects that were reported, 86% of them (1,861 cases) cited Xarelto as the primary cause of the event. Individuals who have taken Xarelto have also reported experiencing thrombosis, cerebrovascular incidents, hematoma, dyspnea, hemoglobin deficiency, and edema.
What Exactly Are These Side Effects?
Pulmonary Embolism – This is the most common adverse effect experienced by individuals taking Xarelto. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of blood flow to the lungs caused by a blood clot. It seems illogical that this condition can be caused by a blood thinner, but actually one of the major risks associated with taking Xarelto is that it can cause blood clots of the individual suddenly stops taking the drug or if they are in the process of transition off of it. Shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and severe chest pain are all warning signs of a pulmonary embolism, but it is notoriously difficult to diagnose, which makes it so dangerous.
Deep Vein Thrombosis – This is the most commonc ause of pulmonary embolisms. A blood clot is formed in the deep veins in one of the arms or legs and then it travels through the blood stream to the lung where it blocks the blood supply from the lungs. With oxygen no longer being processed because of this blockage, the body begins to shut down.
Gastrointestinal Bleeds – The abdominal area is home to several crucial organs, meaning that any kind of internal bleeding in this area could be very severe. The blood that pools in the body from internal bleeding can shut off the blood supply to these vital organs such as the kidneys and liver and cause serious injuries or even death.
Brain Hemorrhage – This occurs when there is a bleed from blood vessels in the brain. Since the brain becomes quickly cut off from oxygen and blood in this case, a brain hemorrhage will typically result in a stroke. Without oxygen and blood, brain cells will begin to die and since Xarelto stops blood coagulation, a blood clot will not form to control the bleeding, which can lead to the most serious injuries including paralysis and death. A sign of a stroke or brain hemorrhage could be numbness in the face, arms, or legs, slurred speech, difficulty walking or moving, excruciating headaches, impaired vision, and lack of coordination.
One of the major risks associated with Xarelto, which makes all of these adverse events even more dangerous to people taking the medication, is that there is no reversal agent. A reversal agent is a medication that can reverse the effects of Xarelto and potentially minimize injuries. Other blood thinners, such as Warfarin, have reversal agents but Xarelto does not. For more information on Xarelto’s dangerous side effects, click here.
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Illinois
At the time of the 2010 Census, the population of Illinois was 12,830,632. We are able to estimate the number of people who may have experienced serious side effects from Xarelto by comparing the number of prescriptions written for the United States at that time to the population of the individual cities and to Illinois as a whole. We estimate that about 7,771 residents of Illinois have experienced some sort of side effect while taking Xarelto.
Population of the 5 Largest Illinois Cities in 2010
- Chicago – 2,695,589
- Aurora – 197,899
- Rockford – 152,871
- Joliet – 147,433
- Naperville – 141,853
Adverse Events that May Have Been Caused By Xarelto in Illinois
- Chicago – 1,632
- Aurora – 120
- Rockford – 92
- Joliet – 89
- Naperville – 86
Do I Have a Legal Case Against Xarelto?
If you or a loved one have taken Xarelto and experienced any of these adverse events and serious side effects described above or elsewhere on this website, you may have a case against Xarelto. Lawsuits are being filed all over the country against Bayer and Johnson&Johnson on behalf of victims of Xarelto, and yours can be next. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries and the emotional pain that Xarelto may have caused you.
Our Illinois Xarelto Lawyers
Our Xarelto lawyers in Illinois are licensed to practice law in the state and have years of experience handling large cases such as these. Our Illinois Xarelto Lawyers are here to help you seek justice and gain compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering caused by Xarelto. Contact our Illinois Xarelto Lawyers for a free consultation and case evaluation here. We are available to answer any of your questions and guide you along the process.
Resources for Illinois Xarelto Victims
If you are currently experiencing the side effects of Xarelto you should seek immediate medical attention. If your situation urgent, please call 911. If not, use this list from U.S. News and World Report Health to find a hospital or doctor close to. The list, which ranks the best hospitals and medical centers in Illinois, can be found here. A general directory of hospitals and medical centers within the University of Illinois Health System can be found here.