What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in 2011. Since its approval, 11 million prescriptions for the drug have been written across the country. Xarelto is different from other blood thinners on the market because it is an Xa inhibitor. Xa inhibitors block a chemical in the blood called Thrombin, which is responsible for making the blood clot. Xarelto is usually prescribed to patients who have recently had a hip or knee replacement surgery or who are experiencing excessive blood clots. Xarelto is made up of the drug rivaroxaban.
The Dangers of Xarelto Usage
Xarelto is more dangerous than other blood thinners on the market because it does not have a reversal antidote. In the case of blood thinners other than Xarelto, such as Warfarin, drugs exist that will counteract the effects of the blood thinner and allow the blood to clot. If a patient taking Warfarin experiences an injury, in an emergency situation a doctor can administer Vitamin K or protamine sulfate to counter act the anti-coagulant effects of the drug and help the blood clot. If a patient is taking Xarelto and experiences an injury that causes internal bleeding, there is no way to make the blood clot. The lack of a reversal antidote makes Xarelto the cause for a number of injuries that are caused by uncontrollable internal bleeding. The uncontrollable internal bleeding is one of the two main ways that Xarelto can cause dangerous side effects and because of these risks, the FDA has attached two ‘Black Box’ warnings to Xarelto. The Black Box warning is the strictest warning that the FDA can apply to a drug short of recalling it. For more information on Xarelto’s side effects and the warnings that are attached to the drug, visit our Xarelto Side Effects page.
Uncontrollable Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is especially dangerous because it can be hard to diagnose. External bleeding can immediatly be seen and felt, but internal bleeding can be happening for hours until the individual begins to feel symptoms. Internal bleeding can be caused by a seemingly minor injury, such as a bump or fall, and if gone unchecked for a period of time, can be severe. Internal bleeding causes blood to pool around organs, cutting off their supply to fresh, oxygenated blood. This can cause the organs distress and to eventually shut down. Internal bleeding can be more serious depending on where it occurs in the body. Internal bleeding in the abdominal area is one of the more dangerous places because of the high concentration of organs in that area. Internal bleeding in the brain is also very dangerous because blood pooling in the brain can starve brain cells of oxygen, causing them to shut down and die. A bleed in the brain can also cause strokes.
Excess Blood Clots
If a Xarelto user suddenly stops taking the drug, they are at risk for excessive blood clots. Xarelto users who stopped taking the drug prematurely have reported cases of deep vein thrombosis, where blood clots form in the deep veins of the arms and then travel to other parts of the body and causing blockages. One of the most reported incidents was pulmonary embolism, a condition that can be caused by deep vein thrombosis where a blood clot causes a blockage in the lungs. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, like internal bleeding, are notoriously difficult to diagnose early and that is what makes them so serious.
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Oklahoma
Our team at Blood Thinner Help has been able to use known data to estimate the number of injuries that may have been caused by Xarelto in Oklahoma. We are able to find these numbers by comparing the United States population at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census to the number of prescriptions that have been written in the United States, then comparing these numbers to the population of Oklahoma and the population of its top five most populous cities. The population of Oklahoma at the time of the U.S. Census was 3,751,351. We have estimated that since Xarelto’s release, about 2272 Oklahoma residents total across the entire state have experienced injuries from Xarelto.
Oklahoma’s most populous cities are listed below:
- Oklahoma City – 579,999
- Tulsa – 391,906
- Norman – 110,925
- Broken Arrow – 98,850
- Lawton – 96,867
Estimated Number of Injuries caused by Xarelto:
- Oklahoma City – 351
- Tulsa – 237
- Norman – 67
- Broken Arrow – 60
- Lawton – 58
Do I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
It is important to be aware of your legal rights surrounding Xarelto. If you or a loved one have experienced any of the injuries or adverse side effects that have been described in this article, you may be entitled to compensation. Xarelto lawsuits are being filed all around the country and our Xarelto lawyers in Oklahoma are here to help yours be next. You probably have many questions at this point in the process and we are here to help you. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation.
Our Xarelto Lawyers
The Xarelto lawyers that are directly connected to Blood Thinner Help are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Virginia, but we have developed a large network of relationships with lawyers in every state in the country. We will be able to refer you to one of these lawyers who will be able to help you bring your case forward locally. The Xarelto lawyers that we work with are very experienced in the field of pharmaceutical law and have experience bringing cases against big pharma companies. They will work with you closely and give your case the attention that it deserves.