Xarelto Side Effects
Xarelto is a blood thinner used to prevent and treat blood clots. It is often prescribed to those who have an irregular heartbeat or who have had a recent knee or hip replacement surgery. It works by blocking certain clotting proteins from developing in your blood. Unfortunately, Xarelto side effects have proven damaged, even deadly in some cases.
Xarelto Side Effects
Generally, Xarelto does not have many common side effects. However, users may notice minor bleeding (like nosebleeds or bleeding from injury injuries) is more frequent. You may also bruise more easily while taking Xarelto.
You need to call your doctor immediately, if you experience:
- Vision changes
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Slurred speech
These are symptoms of stroke or another serious problem. See a doctor immediately.
This medication can also cause serious bleeding episodes because of its effect on your blood clotting proteins. If there is too much blockage of these proteins, then stopping bleeding can become extremely difficult.
Severe Side Effects Associated with Xarelto
Although bleeding in general is a serious side effect, Xarelto has been known to cause additional, even more severe side effects. Internal bleeding that is sometimes fatal is associated with use of Xarelto. The collection of already clotted blood in tissues, organs, or other spaces may also occur.
Signs of serious bleeding include:
- Unusual pain, discomfort, or swelling
- Unusual bruising
- Severe headache
- Dizziness or fainting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bloody, black, or tarry stools
- Coughing up blood
- Vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds
You should see a doctor immediately, if you suspect that internal bleeding is occurring.
Xarelto’s Lack of Antidote
Unlike other blood thinners are on the market today, Xarelto has no antidote to stop episodes of severe bleeding. This is obviously a serious problem for those taking the drug if bleeding side effects occur. The antidote is currently in development.
Xarelto was developed in 2011, making it one of the newest blood thinner available on the market. It has been a huge money-maker for the developers. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, Xarelto brought in $567 million. With these numbers, consumers question whether the developers have put profits before safety, by failing to develop an antidote and testing the product thoroughly.
Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Xarelto, are now working through a class action lawsuit brought by those who have suffered through internal bleeding or stroke, or their loved ones. Those lawsuits accuse the developers and marketers of failing to warn doctors and patients of the serious bleeding side effects that can occur when using Xarelto.
The fact that they did not provide information regarding an antidote only makes their case that much worse.
Getting Legal Help
If you or a loved one was taking Xarelto and suffered from a internal bleeding, stroke and uncontrolled bleeding after an accident, or any other serious injury, contact us for a free consultation with an experienced Xarelto attorney. The call is completely free, confidential, and there is no obligation to hire an attorney. Call our legal helpline 24 hours a day at 877-810-4067 or fill out the form above and a Xarelto legal attorney will be in touch promptly.