What is Xarelto Used For?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant drug used to treat individuals who are at a higher risk of blood clots due to a recent surgical procedure, such as a knee or hip replacement, or from a pre-existing condition. It is an Xa inhibitor and blocks a chemical called thrombin, which helps the blood to clot. By blocking this chemical, the blood loses its ability to clot and potentially cause problems. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and since then over 11 million prescriptions have been written for the drug in the United States.
Xarelto Side Effects
Xarelto has been linked to several serious side effects, the most common being uncontrollable internal bleeding. This uncontrollable internal bleeding can lead to other serious prob
lems including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhaging. Other individuals have also reported thrombosis, cerebrovascular incidents, hematoma, dyspnea, hemoglobin deficiency, and edema.
Xarelto has been the subject of much inquiry and study. In 2013 the FDA released a report that was put together by a company that specializes in analyzing adverse events that reported over 2,100 adverse concerning Xarelto, with 1,821 events citing Xarelto as the primary cause of it.
In January 2014, the FDA issued another report revealing that they were aware of the bleeding risk that was involved with Xarelto. This report officially warned doctors and Xarelto users about the bleeding risk and recommended that any potential blood loss from Xarelto be treated with blood transfusions or replacement. The warning also disclosed that there is no known antidote for Xarelto, meaning that there is no way to reverse any internal bleeding once it begins. With other blood thinners, doctors are able to administer vitamin K or protamine sulfate to the patient to help the blood clot despite the presence of a blood thinner, but since Xarelto blocks Thrombin, these traditional methods will have no effect.
The 2014 warning report also contained a list of drugs that should not be taken in combination with Xarelto. Taking any of these drugs with Xarelto could cause unexpected, dangerous side effects in addition to the adverse effects Xarelto is already known to have:
- TItraconazole – Sporanox and Onmel
- lopinavir – Kaletra
- Ritonavir – Norvir
- Indinavir – Crixivan
- Conivaptan – Vaprisol
- Carbamazepine – Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Equetro, Carbatrol, Epitol, and Teril
- Phenytoin – Dilantin
- Rifampin – Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane, and Rifadin
- St. John’s wort – Hypericum Perforatum
Xarelto currently has two ‘Black Box’ warnings attached to it by the FDA. Short of recalling the drug, these are the strictest warnings the FDA can give. For more information about Xarelto’s side effects, visit our page on it here.
Adverse Events Caused by Xarelto in New York State
At the time of the 2010 census, New York State had a total population of 19,378,102. By comparing this number to the population of the United States in 2010 and the number of Xarelto prescriptions written at the time, we were able to estimate how many prescriptions were written for residents of New York State and also how many of them could potentially have experienced Xarelto’s dangerous side effects.
New York’s Largest Cities by Population
- New York City – 8,175,133
- Buffalo – 261,310
- Rochester – 210,565
- Yonkers – 195,976
- Syracuse – 145,170
Possible Bleeding Incidents in New York State Caused by Xarelto
- New York City – 4951
- Buffalo – 158
- Rochester – 127
- Yonkers – 119
- Syracuse – 87
Do I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
To this date, many lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson&Johnson have been filed in different states all claiming that taking Xarelto caused them harm in some way, ranging from complications due to internal bleeding to the most serious side effect being death. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these severe side effects and think they may be linked to Xarelto usage, you may be entitled to compensation. Our New York State Xarelto lawyers are working to file cases on behalf of Xarelto victims and help them seek justice and compensation.
Our New York Xarelto Lawyers
You probably have many questions at this point in the process and our New York Xarelto lawyers are here to help guide you along the way. Contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation, we are here 24/7 to help you and will answer any of your questions. Our New York Xarelto lawyers are licensed to practice law in New York State and are currently accepting Xarelto cases from residents there.
Resources for New York Xarelto Victims
If you have lost a loved one due to Xarelto complications, there are resources available in New York to help you cope with that loss. A comprehensive directory of grief therapists in New York can be found here. Bereavement support groups can also be helpful in the grieving process and there are many available in New York City, a listing of them can be found here.