Xarelto: What is it?
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner that has been distributed to the U.S. market since it was approved by the FDA in 2011. The active ingredient in Xarelto is a drug called rivaroxaban, an anticoagulant. Xarelto is different from other blood thinner medications because it thins the blood by blocking the chemical Thrombin, which is responsible for making the blood clot.
What Are The Side Effects of Xarelto?
Serious Internal Bleeding
Several studies have linked Xarelto usage to serious internal bleeding injuries. Internal bleeding is more dangerous than external bleeding because it is much harder to detect. A patient can be bleeding internally for a few hours before any symptoms begin to show. Xarelto usage can lead to serious internal bleeding injuries because the blood has no way to clot, therefore it will just keep bleeding until it is caught or leads to a problem. Internal bleeding is dangerous because blood can pool around crucial organs and cut off their supply to freshly oxygenated blood, causing them to malfunction or shut down. Internal bleeds in the gastrointestinal area and internal bleeds in the brain are the two most commonly reported Xarelto injuries. Any type of internal bleeding in these areas can be very serious because of the high concentration of vital organs there. Internal bleeding in the abdomen can cause the liver or kidneys to fail and internal bleeding in the brain can cause brain cells to die or cause a stroke.
Excessive Blood Clots
If a Xarelto user stops taking the drug prematurely, they are at risk for excessive and unwanted blood clots caused by deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is when a blood clot forms deep in the veins of the arms or legs and then travels to another part of the body where it causes a blockage. These blockages cause one of the most frequently reported adverse events linked to Xarelto, a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot travels through the body to the lungs and causes a blockage there. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms are very difficult to detect and diagnose in their early stages and symptoms are not usually present until they are causing problems. Studies have linked Xarelto with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms and if you have experienced either of these while or after taking Xarelto, continue reading this article to see how we can help you.
The Dangers of Xarelto
Xarelto is more dangerous than other blood thinners on the market because there is no reversal antidote, making any internal bleeding that may happen uncontrollable internal bleeding. With other blood thinners such as Warfarin, protamine sulfate or Vitamin K can be administered to the patient in an internal bleeding situation and the blood will be able to clot. Since Xarelto is a Xa inhibitor and blocks Thrombin, these methods will not work to help the blood clot. For more information on the side effects and adverse events that can be caused by Xarelto, visit our Xarelto Side Effects page.
Internal Bleeding Injuries in Nevada
Our team at Blood Thinner Help has been able to estimate thenumber of people who have experienced serious injuries after or while taking Xarelto. We’ve been able to calculate these numbers by comparing the state population of Nevada and the population of its top five largest cities from the 2010 U.S. Census data to the number of Xarelto prescriptions written for the United States since its release. At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Nevada was 2,700,551. We estimate that there have been a total of 1,635 injuries caused by Xarelto in the state of Nevada. We’ve broken down the numbers by Nevada’s top five most populous cities which can be seen below.
Population of Nevada’s Five Largest Cities
- Las Vegas – 583,756
- Henderson – 257,729
- Reno – 225,221
- North Las Vegas – 216,961
- Sparks – 90,264
Internal Bleeding Injuries in Nevada
- Las Vegas – 353
- Henderson – 156
- Reno – 136
- North Las Vegas – 131
- Sparks – 56
How Do I Know if I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
If you have experienced any of the adverse events and injuries listed above after taking Xarelto, you may have a case against Xarelto and may be entitled to compensation. The best way to ensure that your case is handled correctly is to contact an experienced defective product attorney immediately.
Our Xarelto Lawyers
Even though our main offices are in Philadelphia and New Jersey, we have already worked with families from around the country to help them seek justice for Xarelto damages. Our Xarelto lawyers at Blood Thinner Help are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Virginia, but are able to refer you to a lawyer in your home state if you wish to keep the process local. We have excellent working relationships with Xarelto lawyers around the country in all 50 of the states who will fight on your behalf to gain a suitable outcome.