Xarelto is a blood thinner that has been prescribed to 13 million users to treat a variety of conditions.
It was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011 to help prevent strokes and blood clots following hip or knee replacements. Since then, the agency approved use of the drug as a treatment for a variety of ailments including irregular heartbeats, recurrent deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolisms (or blood clots in the lungs).
Xarelto is manufactured by German pharmaceutical company Bayer and marketed in the US by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). Despite numerous lawsuits having been filed, neither company has advised patients to stop taking Xarelto.
Despite FDA approval, many questions have lingered about the overall safety of Xarelto due to the many high-risk side effects attributed to the drug. In recent years, many users have consulted with drug lawyers regarding their concerns about Xarelto.
Among the reported side effects attributed to Xarelto:
There have also been reports of far more serious side effects – including uncontrollable bleeding. This can prove to be fatal.
Among the more serious side effects connected to Xarelto are blood clots, paralysis, renal bleeding, stroke, decreased hemoglobin production and others. You can read more about the side effects here.
It is common for Xarelto users to ask drug lawyers if they should stop taking Xarelto. You should not stop taking Xarelto unless directed to do so by your doctor. In some cases, discontinuing use of the drug could increase the risk of developing a blood clot or suffering a stroke. This also applies to any changes in dosage: Always consult a doctor before making any changes to your medication dosage.
If minor symptoms persist, it is important to talk to a doctor to determine the seriousness of the symptoms. Only your doctor can suggest alternative medications or advise you to stop taking Xarelto.
If you are suffered any of the major side effects, contact your doctor immediately (or dial 911 if you think your symptoms are life threatening). As there is no FDA-approved antidote to stop excessive bleeding, it is vital to seek out medical attention as soon as possible.
Many long-time users of the Xarelto allege they were not made fully aware of its risks. As a result, many consumers have filed suit against the drug’s manufacturers. As of 2015, there were nearly 1,700 such lawsuits pending, with trials expected to begin in later 2016.
If you would like to learn more about Xarelto, its history and the legal actions surrounding the drug, be sure to read Bradley’s Xarelto: Be Aware of the Side Effects. If you or a family member have experienced serious side effects attributed to Xarelto or have been saddled with excessive medical bills because treatment connected to those side effects, help is at hand. The Bradley Law Firm is familiar Xarelto and can provide free, confidential advice.
If you would like to talk to an attorney experienced in pharmaceutical issues, call us at 314-400-0000.