Xarelto Blood Clot
Xarelto is a blood thinner that’s meant to prevent blood from clotting after surgery or because of medical conditions, but there have been a surprising number of reports of people developing a blood clot on Xarelto. Xarelto is a Johnson & Johnson product that has been on the market since 2011.
In 2012, users started noticing problems with blood clots, particularly in the lungs. Although Xarelto is supposed to prevent the occurrence of blood clots, they can still develop while taking the medication.
Blood Clots Around the Spinal Cord
Xarelto has been known to cause blood clots around the spinal cord. This dangerous type of blood clot occurs more frequently following a spinal tap or after you receive an epidural (or spinal anesthesia). Clots of this kind could result in long-term paralysis.
Spinal blood clots are more likely to occur if:
-Taking a NSAID (Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc.).
-You’re using other medications to prevent or treat blood clots.
-You have a history of spinal surgery.
-You have a genetic spinal defect.
-Using a spinal catheter.
Risk Of A Blood Clot on Xarelto
Blood clots on Xarelto occur more commonly in patients below the ages of 66, particularly in those who started taking Xarelto after a hip or knee surgery. It is unfortunate that Xarelto may also be causing the very problem that it is trying to prevent after these types of surgeries.
Bleeding Problems with Xarelto
In other patients, bleeding may be a serious issue. Internal bleeding that is difficult to stop or control after taking Xarelto can lead to long-term hospitalization and even death.
In situations where bleeding cuts off the blood flow to a major organ, the organ can become damaged beyond repair. This is obviously a serious problem for organs like the brain, lungs, or heart. Xarelto has no known antidote for these types of bleeds at this time. Currently, an antidote is still in the development phase.
Xarelto may also cause complications when wounds are attempting to heal. Infection and leakage problems are occasionally reported, especially in those who have undergone a hip or knee replacement. Health issues like these may require additional surgery and hospitalization to treat effectively.
If you or a loved one was taking Xarelto and suffered from a stroke, internal bleeding, uncontrolled bleeding after an accident, or any other serious injury, please contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Xarelto attorney. The call is completely free, confidential, and there is no obligation to hire an advocate. Call our legal helpline 24 hours a day at 877-810-4067 or fill out the form and a legal advocate will be in touch promptly.