Rivaroxaban, or Xarelto, is making headlines. The drug has been linked to causing brain hemorrhaging, uncontrollable bleeding, and other dangerous side effects.
The anticoagulant Rivaroxaban, commonly known as Xarelto, has made headlines in recent days. Lawsuits have been filed against the maker of the drug. The lawsuits are no surprise; Xarelto has been linked to causing dangerous side effects like brain hemorrhaging and uncontrollable bleeding.
Prescription Xarelto Uses
Xarelto is a blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The drug is typically prescribed to prevent blood clots and strokes in individuals suffering from a variety of conditions such as atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.
Doctors have also prescribed Xarelto to individuals with pulmonary embolism, a condition in which the arteries within the lungs become blocked. In other cases, the medication is prescribed to people who have underwent knee or hip replacement surgery in order to prevent blood clots from forming in their legs or lungs.
The FDA first approved the drug in the summer of 2011. However, soon after its release, Xarelto was linked to causing dangerous, life-threatening health problems.
Uncontrollable bleeding and blood pooling
Uncontrollable bleeding is one. Many individuals taking Xarelto have experienced out of control bleeding near major organs. And, as a result, the organs do not receive enough blood. They lose function and often shut down.
When oxygen rich blood fails to reach the brain, a stroke occurs. Some patients have suffered from a stroke after taking Xarelto and now suffer from permanent brain damage and loss of cognitive function, among other medical issues.
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Other dangerous side effects
Along with uncontrollable bleeding, individuals taking the medication have also experienced other, life-threatening side effects. Liver damage, reduced platelet levels, and low blood pressure are among the long list.
Because of the devastating injuries caused by Xarelto, people all across the globe have filed lawsuits against Bayer. The first wave of lawsuits was filed abroad. But, more recently, individuals from the U.S. have instituted civil actions against both Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceutica.
Pradaxa, a similar oral anticoagulant manufactured by Bayer’s competitor Boehringer-Ingelheim, has also come under scrutiny. Last month, the company agreed to settle roughly 4,000 cases due to injuries caused to those taking Pradaxa.
As more and more problems associated with both Xarelto and Pradaxa surface, it’s likely additional lawsuits will be filed in courts throughout the United States. Those who have suffered injury as a result of taking an anticoagulant are encouraged to consult with a law firm that is knowledgeable in handling drug defect litigation.
How Greg Jones Law Can Help
Greg Jones Law is taking Xarelto cases nationwide. If you have taken the drug Xarelto and experienced dangerous side effects call 855-566-3752 or contact us online today to talk with our firm. We do not charge for initial consultations. If there is no recovery, you owe no legal fees.