Xarelto®, a medication prescribed for use as a blood thinner, has been linked to dangerous side effects such as brain hemorrhage, abnormal bleeding, abnormal liver function and death. A Phase III study found that 73% of over 16,000 patients who took at least one dose of the medication experienced side effects. The most common side effects were anemia and hemorrhaging events. Those who took higher doses were at higher risk for bleeding problems. Participants of the study also suffered from:
- Hemorrhaging in the eye
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Urogenital bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle pain
Xarelto® reduces the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. In order to prevent the potentially fatal consequences of a blood clot, an anticoagulant medication like Xarelto® may be prescribed. Patients who take blood thinners must be very careful to prevent injury, as anyone on a medication like Xarelto® will not be able to clot naturally after a wound and could bleed to death.
The predecessor to Xarelto®, Warfarin, had an antidote (Vitamin K) that could be injected in a large dose to disable the drug and allow blood to clot normally. Xarelto® has no such antidote, increasing the risk of serious complications in bleeding incidents.
If you or someone you know has suffered from Xarelto® related injuries, contact us online using the Free Case Review form on this page or call us toll free at 1-877-562-0000 for a free case evaluation.