There have been a number of blood thinners that have come to the market over the years. One such blood thinner is Xarelto. While it might be beneficial for many patients, some suffer serious Xarelto side effects. If you suffered harm because you took Xarelto, give Cordisco & Saile LLC a call at 215-642-2335 to review legal options available to you to recover damages.
Uses of Xarelto
Xarelto is a prescription medication, the active ingredient of which is rivaroxaban. The medication is meant for patients with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It may also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. In some cases, the medication may be prescribed to certain patients post-surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots occurring. If prescribed Xarelto, patients should review the risks involved thoroughly and keep their doctor informed of any side effects.
Risks of Xarelto
While Xarelto can reduce the risk of blood clots in some people, it is not without dangerous side effects. These dangers include an increased risk of bleeding. According to a Medication Guide published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Xarelto, important information that consumers should know is listed below.
- Talk to your doctor before ceasing use of Xarelto because stopping it may increase your risk of stroke.
- Xarelto can cause serious external and internal bleeding that may lead to death in rare cases.
- Xarelto can increase risk of spinal or epidural blood clots in patients who have a spinal injection of medication or a spinal puncture.
Patients who suffer from the above side effects can experience severe complications. A stroke can be deadly or cause permanent impairment for the affected patient, and spinal or epidural blood clots can lead to permanent total or partial paralysis.
There are a number of other prescription drugs that should not be taken with Xarelto due to the increased risk of complications. An additional serious risk of Xarelto is that there is no antidote to stop internal or external excessive bleeding once it occurs. Other blood thinners, such as warfarin, have emergency antidotes if uncontrollable bleeding does occur; Xarelto offers no remedy.
Xarelto Lawsuits – What You Need to Know
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the drug’s manufacturer. Those who have filed lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals have argued that the company released Xarelto for consumer use, despite known risks of the drug. They’ve also alleged that the drug manufacturer failed to perform adequate tests on the drug prior to its release. As such, the company has faced a number of dangerous drug/product liability lawsuits, filed by victims and families of victims of Xarelto.
In addition to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., those who may be liable in a lawsuit for harm caused by Xarelto include the pharmacist who filled the prescription, the physician who wrote the prescription, or the clinic, hospital, or office where the prescription was written or filled. Talk to a lawyer about which party may be liable in your case. For example, a doctor may be liable if he or she prescribed the drug to a patient who should not take it, like a patient with abnormal bleeding disorders.
Meet with an attorney about your options for legal action. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. The statute of limitations for such cases in Pennsylvania is two years, so get started as soon as possible.
Take Action Now by Calling Cordisco & Saile LLC
If Xarelto has harmed you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call the dangerous drug attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC today. Our legal team will work with you to protect and exercise your rights. Call us now at 215-642-2335 or use our contact form.