Xarelto is a prescribed anticoagulant blood thinner designed to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of strokes by decreasing the production of clotting proteins in the blood. Xarelto was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. Since then, the drug Xarelto risks have been associated with both minor and more serious side effects – many stemming from the uncontrolled bleeding the drug may trigger. Xarelto is manufactured by German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG and marketed in the U.S. by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson and Johnson.
Xarelto was first approved by the FDA to help prevent strokes and blood clots in patients recovering from hip and knee replacements. This approval was eventually expanded to include other uses such as helping to decrease the risk of recurrent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) after surgery.
However, this chain of approvals ended in 2014, when the FDA declined to approve Xarelto as a treatment to reduce the risk of thrombotic cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and to prevent the clogging of heart stents.
Questions about the drug’s overall safety continue due to some side effects brought on by Xarelto. As a result, the blood thinner has been at the named in many lawsuits in recent years.
As with any prescription drug, side effects are always possible. According to Bayer, some of the minor side effects of Xarelto include but are not limited to:
These lesser side effects should be temporary and go away over time; however, you should consult your doctor if any of these symptoms persist.
In addition to these relatively minor side effects, the manufacturer also lists far more serious consequences that may result from taking the drug – consequences that can result in hospitalization, or could even prove fatal. Most are connected to complications brought on by uncontrolled bleeding.
Xarelto risks may increase with suffering from:
If you experience any of these more serious side effects, then you must contact your doctor immediately or call 911.
Some patients taking Xarelto claim they weren’t warned about the potential side effects, and have since taken legal action against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
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 loved one have suffered due to side effects attributed to Xarelto, help is at hand. The Bradley Law Firm is experienced in dealing with similar cases. Free, confidential case evaluations are available to help you understand your legal rights.
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