Xarelto and other blood-thinning medications are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. Doctors typically prescribe these medications to people who have already suffered a blood clot issue or are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. For decades, blood thinners have been used to reduce the risk of future events and increase the overall quality of life for patients.
However, taking any medication carries risk, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals—the maker of Xarelto—lists numerous potential side effects and warnings on the drug’s website. People who take this medication are supposed to be aware of these potential issues and give their consent when starting a Xarelto regimen.
However, some side effects from the drug are not expected. When Janssen does not disclose these potential issues or downplays their severity or frequency, injured patients may have the option of filing a lawsuit for damages. A Xarelto lawyer could work with you to evaluate your medical reactions to Xarelto and determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit and seek financial recovery.
Xarelto is a new class of blood thinner. In a nutshell, it works by reducing the rate at which a person’s blood clots. These types of drugs are known as anti-coagulants.
The goal of any anti-coagulant medication regimen is to allow for better blood flow through the body and decrease the risk of any future clot-based emergency. For years, doctors have prescribed blood thinners to patients with high blood pressure, clotting issues, or people recovering from a heart attack or stroke.
Xarelto’s website lists a number of potential side effects from taking the drug. These include:
While these side effects are generally outweighed by the potential benefits of Xarelto, it is the potentially unlisted complications that may arise from Xarelto use which often cause the most problems.
Many current lawsuits allege that using Xarelto causes uncontrollable internal bleeding, far exceeding the side effects listed on Xarelto’s website. The bleeding becomes so intense that doctors are unable to stop it and a patient may suffer a severe injury or even death.
Anyone who took Xarelto and suffered internal bleeding that led to a severe injury has the right to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation. Such a lawsuit would allege that the makers of Xarelto did not properly disclose the risks associated with Xarelto and misled patients into placing their lives in danger.
When introduced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Xarelto was billed as a more effective blood thinner that would render all other blood thinners obsolete. While there was a risk of side effects, including internal bleeding and a lack of ability to clot after a cut, the company declared these issues to be no more of a risk than with other blood thinning drugs.
It now appears that the risk for catastrophic internal bleeds while taking Xarelto is far higher than the pharmaceutical company that makes it disclosed. Because of this, you have the right to hold that company liable in court if you suffered an injury related to Xarelto.
A Xarelto lawyer may be able to help. They could work with you to evaluate your case, consult with medical experts, and pursue lawsuits in court. Contact an attorney today to schedule a consultation.