Xarelto Lawsuit - Get the Facts You Need from Experienced Maine Attorneys
You may need to consider a Xarelto lawsuit if you or a loved one experienced serious bleeding events after using this blood-thinning medicine developed jointly by Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals. While all anticoagulants (blood-thinners) carry an increased risk for serious bleeding events, studies have shown that such side effects have occurred more frequently among Xarelto patients than patients using Pradaxa or Coumadin (warfarin).
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What Is Xarelto Used For?
Approved for use in July 2011, Xarelto is marketed as a new oral blood thinner treatment alternative to warfarin (Coumadin). Warfarin, which was introduced in 1954, has long been established as a safe treatment for preventing stroke and systemic embolism. Doctors prescribe Xarelto (rivaroxaban) for patients with irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) to reduce the risk of blood clots or stroke. Rivaroxaban also is used to treat:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT - a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body)
- Pulmonary embolism (PE - a blockage of an artery in the lungs)
- People who had knee or hip replacement surgery and run the risk of forming a blood clot in the legs or lungs
A Closer Look at Xarelto Side Effects and Complications
Recent studies have found that people using Xarelto may have suffered from an increased risk of serious bleeding events. Research found there were 680 reports of serious adverse events associated with Xarelto in the first quarter of 2013. By comparison, there were 528 reports of adverse events linked to Pradaxa, another new blood-thinning drug.
In the year leading up to June 30, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received 1,080 Xarelto-associated serious adverse event reports, including at least 65 deaths.
What is particularly alarming is that there is no known way to reverse the uncontrolled bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Common potential injuries linked to Xarelto include:
- Blood clots
- Decreased hemoglobin (which carries oxygen in red blood cells)
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Hematoma (swelling of clotted blood)
- Internal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolisms
- Rectal bleeding
Signs that you may be experiencing a Xarelto injury include frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums, heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding, red, pink or brown urine and coughing up blood or blood clots, headaches and dizziness or weakness.
How to Reach the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs of Xarelto side effects, seek immediate medical attention. You also should not delay contacting an attorney to learn about your rights. We are here to listen to you and discuss your options. We will offer an honest assessment, including the possibility of filing a Xarelto lawsuit. Call 1-866-275-4563 right now or complete our online contact form.
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we don't charge people for consultations. We also work on a contingency fee, which means you pay no attorney's fees unless you recover compensation.