When you or a loved one starts a medication prescribed by a doctor, you hope that the drug will help you feel better and protect your health. Unfortunately, dangerous and inadequately labeled drugs sometimes harm patients instead of helping them. Xarelto has now been linked to a number of patient deaths and hospitalizations, and the drug’s irreversible—and potentially fatal—bleeding side effects have put its use and safety in question.
What Is Xarelto?
Rivaroxaban, known by the brand name Xarelto, is a prescription anticoagulant drug that was marketed as a more effective, modern, and convenient alternative to Coumadin therapy for reducing the risk of blood clots, strokes, and other complications in some patients. While patients who take Coumadin or its generic form warfarin must be closely monitored with regular lab testing, it was hoped that Xarelto patients could take the drug as a better alternative that involves fewer blood draws and office visits.
Xarelto has been developed and promoted jointly by Johnson & Johnson, via its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer Health Care. However, some patients and their families have started coming forward with claims that the drug may not be as safe or convenient as its developers claim.
What Is the Issue With Xarelto?
Any patient who takes an anticoagulant drug is at some risk for increased bleeding, but Xarelto has been linked with excessive, unstoppable internal bleeding in some patients. While doctors are able to treat bleeding issues associated with drugs like Coumadin, there is no reversal agent that is effective in stopping uncontrollable bleeding in Xarelto patients. Because doctors are unable to control the bleeding, the drug can cause serious and life-threatening issues with:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Bleeding in the kidneys, lungs, and other organs
- Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
Although this unstoppable internal bleeding or hemorrhaging has contributed to injuries, complications, and deaths in patients prescribed the drug, the potentially dangerous drug currently remains on the market.
Why File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Some attorneys and victims of Xarelto’s bleeding side effects have claimed that the pharmaceutical companies involved in making and marketing the drug did not appropriately warn doctors and patients about the potential risks of use. Families and individuals who have been harmed by Xarelto’s dangerous side effects may be able to hold these companies responsible for hospitalizations and the loss of loved ones. By filing a lawsuit and holding these huge companies accountable for putting profits over patient safety, victims can pursue the compensation they deserve and help others who have been harmed.
How Can I Get Help With Questions About Filing a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Holding pharmaceutical giants responsible for dangerous drugs isn’t easy—but families and victims can get free, no-obligation help with their potential claims. If you have questions about the use of Xarelto and its links to issues of uncontrollable bleeding, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced legal team today by phone or live chat. Our nationally recognized law firm has been successful in helping clients take legal action against large, negligent drug and medical-device companies, and we are devoted to helping injured victims and families get the answers they need.