“I Was Prescribed Xarelto. Should I Talk with a Lawyer?”June 8, 2015
If you or a loved one experienced harmful side effects after taking Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) tablets, you should contact us right away. If you were prescribed this drug, or if you are currently taking Xarelto, there’s a lot you should know.
What Is Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)?
Xarelto is the brand name for Rivaroxaban, an anticoagulant drug developed by Bayer and marketed in the United States by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Research & Development LLC. Janssen heavily marketed Xarelto as an improvement upon the standard Warfarin therapy
As with Warfarin, the key indication for newer drugs like this one is for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). However, unlike traditional medication, drugs like Xarelto promised certain benefits:
- Predictable effects without the need for constant monitoring,
- Fewer interactions with food and other drugs, and
- An improved ratio of efficacy to safety.
What’s the Risk?
With all these benefits, the drug proved to be very popular among people at risk of stroke. Over one million people in the US have been prescribed this drug
However, people who take Xarelto may experience uncontrollable bleeding. Unlike other blood thinners, there is no antidote to reverse Xarelto’s blood thinning effects on the body. This can be very serious, and/or life threatening. Bleeding symptoms linked to this drug include:
- Unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time, such as frequent nose bleeds, unusual bleeding from gums, or menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal, or vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding that is severe or that you cannot control
- Red, pink, or brown urine
- Bright red or black stools (looks like tar)
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Xarelto Class Action Lawsuits
Because this drug can cause severe internal and gastrointestinal bleeding many people have filed Xarelto lawsuits against the drug maker. The basis for these lawsuits is that Janssen marketed this drug improperly by failing to explain the potential risks adequately. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation.
Should You Talk with a Lawyer?
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