The Xarelto Difference
At any given time you most likely have seen the television commercial with a famous Nascar driver, comedian and golfer who have one thing in common- they have taken the drug Xarelto and are endorsing it for the difference it has made in their lives. So what exactly is Xarelto and what is so different about it? Xarelto is an anticoagulant medication which means it is prescribed for the purposes of helping to prevent blood clots. Anticoagulants are given to individuals who are considered to be at high risk of developing clots, in order to lessen their chances of developing critical conditions such as strokes or heart attacks. Xarelto is generally prescribed to do just that in people with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), as well as to treat and possibly prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). In addition, individuals who have had hip or knee replacement surgery are recommended Xarelto as well for the same anticoagulant purposes.
Just from those reasons, Xarelto sounds like any other blood thinning medication but, the drug sets itself apart by stating that taking Xarelto means one does not need to have regular blood monitoring, does not need to restrict their diet in anyway unlike other blood thinners that limit the types of foods you can and cannot eat, and finally, Xarelto takes away the hassle of having to change your medication dosage. These Xarelto differences have seen the drug soar in popularity to become the most prescribed blood thinner in its category in the United States.
The Xarelto Difference That Makes It A Risky Drug To Take
Most blood thinners like Warfarin are designed to be Vitamin K antagonists, which means they stop the blood from clotting by stopping Vitamin K production. A blood thinner like Xarelto does not do that, instead Xaretlo works by stopping the enzymatic activity of thrombin and factor Xa. Factor Xa is known to occupy the critical point in the coagulation process. The problem with this make up is that unlike vitamin K antagonist blood thinners, Xarelto does not have a reversal antidote should an individual taking the tablet need to have their blood clot again, which can lead to severe internal bleeding injuries.
There have been multiple studies that have relayed that Xarelto can lead to unmanageable internal bleeding if an individual taking the drug suffers an injury that requires their blood to clot but cannot because of the presence of the drug in their bloodstream already. Of the studies performed, four negative effects were associated with Xarelto. The side effects were:
- Pulmonary Embolism- which is an obstruction in the pulmonary artery, also known as the blood vessel that transports blood from the heart to the lungs. Blood clots have been reported to occur if Xarelto is abruptly stopped or when an individual is transitioning from Xarelto to another medication.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis- which is a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the body. DVT tends to occur in a deep leg vein.
- Abdominal Bleeding- internal bleeding in this area is especially dangerous because it can lead to blood collecting and consequently close off blood supply to the body’s vital organs, thereby leading to grave injuries and in some cases death.
- Hemorrhages- this is when a bleed takes place from blood vessels which transport oxygenated blood to the brain. This type of brain bleed can lead to a stroke due to the brain lacking oxygen and blood.
Xarelto Associated Events In San Jose
In order to determine the number of people who have suffered negative effects from taking Xarelto, our team made use of available information of the number of people living in San Jose, and compared that figure with the known figure of Xarelto prescriptions that were written in America. The data is as follows:
San Jose population according to 2010 census data: 998,537
Probable estimate of San Jose people who used Xarelto: 35,576
Probable estimate of San Jose Xarelto injuries: 605
How Do I Know If I Can File A Case?
If you known for a fact that you or someone dear to you has used Xarelto and in turn suffered grim internal bleeding injuries that resulted in any of the adverse effects mentioned above, such as stroke or brain hemorrhage, you possibly have a legal right to file a Xarelto lawsuit.
We encourage you to get in touch with our San Jose Xarelto attorneys.
Who Will Handle My Case?
Our Xarelto advocates are certified to practice law in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Massachusetts. Our advocates have excellent working relationships with attorneys in every state in the country to whom we can refer you to represent your case in San Jose. Please contact us for a no cost case evaluation and consultation. Our attorneys are here to help you and answer any questions you have about moving forward with this litigation.
Your case is in extremely capable hands as our attorneys are adept at dealing with large pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer and Johnson & Johnson.