Xarelto® Side Effects Can Include Severe, Fatal Internal Bleeding

Xarelto® is a blood thinner that has been associated with irreversible, life-threatening, and even fatal issues. Because of the serious nature of Xarelto® side effects, our San Diego, CA, attorneys are ready to help victims and their families. Since the introduction of this drug, there have been more than 3,400 lawsuits against its manufacturers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Our attorneys are familiar with these individual claims, as well as the consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) case. They can fight tirelessly on your behalf to seek the money you need to cover medical bills and related expenses. Please contact our practice today to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.

What Is Xarelto®?

Xarelto® is used to help prevent the development of blood clots. This medication is commonly used with patients undergoing joint replacement therapy, since they are more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Many patients with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats, also take this drug. In recent years, Xarelto® has largely replaced another blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin® and Jantoven®), since the new drug does not require regular blood testing. However, in many circumstances, Xarelto® has proved to be far more dangerous than this older medication. 

illustration of deep vein thrombosis
There have been instances in which Xarelto® caused blood clots to migrate.

Xarelto® and Uncontrollable Bleeding

Xarelto® can lead to bleeding, which is not an uncommon side effect for blood thinners. However, unlike other brands, Xarelto® does not have an antidote and poses an extremely high risk for uncontrollable internal bleeding. Irreversible bleeding may occur after some type of trauma or can arise seemingly without cause. In many cases, internal hemorrhaging can be fatal. In fact, rivaroxaban, the generic name for the drug, is so risky that the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) listed it as one of the most dangerous of the anticoagulant drugs. 

Xarelto® and Blood Clots

Although Xarelto® is intended to prevent blood clots, there have been instances in which the medication has instead caused clots to migrate. When this occurs, the clots can block blood flow to the lungs in what is known as a pulmonary embolism. In an ISMP report, the Institute stated that patients taking Xarelto® had suffered 158 embolic-thrombotic events in the first quarter of 2012 alone, and that younger patients were developing severe blood clots despite the medication. 

Xarelto® and Post-Surgical Infections

Although doctors often prescribe Xarelto® to patients undergoing joint replacement, the drug can also complicate the healing process. A number individuals have developed serious infections following their joint replacement surgeries. Some have even required a second procedure to remove and replace the implant. 

Sadly, the effects of Xarelto® are often fatal. Therefore, many of our cases involve family members who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.

Legal Counsel for Those Suffering Because of Xarelto®

Because Xarelto® can have such devastating effects, our attorneys are committed to obtaining just compensation. Sadly, the effects of Xarelto® are often fatal. Therefore, many of our cases involve family members who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Through our representation, you can seek compensation to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and funeral costs. Although money will not make up for your loss, these financial damages can ease the burden due to unexpected expenses and lost wages. With this peace of mind, you and your family can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

Contact Us for a Case Evaluation

We are ready to provide your free case evaluation to determine if it is in your best interest to pursue a Xarelto® lawsuit. If you are suffering from the effects of this medication, contact our firm today for expert legal counsel.