Understanding What Xarelto Is
Xarelto, also recognized as Rivaroxaban, is an oral anticoagulant, which was created and manufactured by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is the first available orally active direct factor Xa inhibitor. As a direct factor Xa, Xarelto cuts off the intrinsic and extrinsic pathway of the blood clotting process while stopping thrombin from being produced and the development of thrombi. The drug is also designed to only require one dosage so it takes away from the need to constantly change and figure out the correct dosage to take based on age and gender. This is one of the major reasons that makes Xarelto a popular blood thinner in its category.
Xarelto: A Life Threatening Drug
Much like any other anticoagulant the risk of bleeding is always front and center. However, with Xarelto the risk of bleeding internally is much more increased due to the fact that there is no known reversal antidote. With other blood thinners like Warfarin, if a patient is injured and they need to have their blood clot they can have vitamin K or protamine sulfate administered to reverse the effects of Warfarin. However, for Xarelto there is no known reversal agent to stop the bleeding which can cause unmanageable internal bleeding injuries. Because there is no reversal agent to stop bleeding, some of the Xarelto related internal injuries can end up being:
- Abdominal Bleeding– Xarelto related bleeding in the abdomen can lead to blood surrounding and eventually shutting off the blood supply to critical organs in the body that have been known to even cause death.
- Brain Bleeding– A brain hemorrhage takes place when a bleed happens from blood vessels that take oxygenated blood to the brain. If a brain bleed happens it normally results in a stroke due to the fact that the brain is completely lacking oxygen.
- Pulmonary Embolism– Also known as PE, this is when blood flow to the lungs is hampered on account of a blood clot. What is most commonly known for causing PE is deep vein thrombosis, which is what happens when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of arms or legs and makes its way to the lungs, where the blockage would have occurred. A huge risk of taking Xarelto is that it can actually cause blood clots if the drug is abruptly discontinued or when a patient is in the process of switching from Xarelto to another blood thinner. This condition can also lead to death as PE is very hard to diagnose.
- Liver Dysfunction– The JAMA Internal Medicine Journal states that Xarelto can lead to hepatitis or liver dysfunction. This was further relayed by the FDA in 2014 with a warning about the danger of hepatitis posed by Xarelto.
Can I Take Xarelto With Other Drugs?
Xarelto further poses more risks to the person taking it if they are taking it in combination with other drugs. In 2014, the FDA broadcast a warning about various medications that it does not believe should be taken in conjunction with Xarelto. The drugs not to be taken alongside with Xarelto are:
- Itraconazole – 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
Probable Xarelto Internal Bleeding Cases In Maine
Xarelto has been highly marketed as the leading anticoagulant drug in the United States with well over 11 million scripts written for the drug. In order to work out the probable Xarelto internal bleeding cases in Maine, our team weighted Maine’s population in comparison to the total United States population and calculated, 45,865 individuals who were and or are at the moment taking Xarelto in the state of Maine.
In addition, statistics from a Rocket AF Study reveal a 1.7% chance of serious bleeding in patients prescribed and are consuming Xarelto. Making use of this data we determined that 780 people suffered serious internal bleeding injuries due to Xarelto in Maine. We further calculated the probable cases in Maine’s five dominant cities.
Maine Five Most Highly Populated Cities
- Portland- 66,194 population
- Lewiston- 36,592 population
- Bangor- 33,039 population
- West Scarborough- 27,706 population
- South Portland- 25,002 population
Probable Internal Bleeding Cases In Maine
- Portland- 39
- Lewiston- 21
- Bangor- 19
- West Scarborough-16
- South Portland-15
I Want To File A Xarelto Lawsuit
If the information you have read sounds true for you or someone close to you and you know any of the mentioned bleeding injuries such as stroke, heart attack, or any other grave injury has taken place because of Xarelto, you may have the right to file a lawsuit.
Please reach out to our Xarelto advocates for a no cost consultation about how you are to proceed with your case.
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Our Xarelto advocates are only certified to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Massachusetts, however, we have a great network of attorneys that we work with in every state including Maine who are well versed in representing your Xarelto case. We can recommend local legal counsel to take your case.
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