What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription anticoagulant (blood thinner) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for the purpose of reducing the risk of blood clots in patients who had knee or hip replacement surgery. It was also approved for general treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism under the FDA’s expedited review program.
Xarelto works by inhibiting a series of proteins and enzymes that would normally trigger the blood-clotting process. Unlike other blood thinners, this drug is prescribed in one uniform dose rather than separate specified doses.
Who makes it?
Xarelto was developed by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals—a subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson. According to CEO Alex Gorsky, Xarelto controlled 15% of the anticoagulant market by 2014. In 2015 alone, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals reported Xarelto sales totaling $3.9 billion.
What are the risks?
Naturally all blood thinners carry the risk of internal bleeding and as a result emergency antidotes are commonly used to keep bleeding under control. Xarelto has no antidote and cannot be flushed out of your system through dialysis. In 2013 the FDA approved a boxed warning on Xarelto warning doctors and patients that premature discontinuation of the medication could lead to blood clots or hematomas—the occurrence Xarelto was developed to prevent.
What injuries can Xarelto cause?
- Internal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Infection associated with hip or knee replacement surgery
- Bleeding in the brain
- Blood clots and hematomas (severe, large blood clots)
It is of utmost importance to monitor your body’s reaction to Xarelto. Internal bleeding may not be noticeable when it first begins, but if left unaddressed it can be fatal. Since there is currently no antidote available to address the type of internal bleeding potentially caused by Xarelto it is important to keep a close eye on any side effects that arise while taking the drug.
What legal action is available?
If you suspect that yourself or a loved one suffered from excessive bleeding or an infection associated with hip or knee replacement while taking Xarelto please contact the dangerous drug attorneys of GoldenbergLaw. Our attorneys and staff have 30 years of experience in handling lawsuits against large pharmaceutical companies and will do everything possible to ensure you are fairly compensated for your losses. There is no fee if we do not recover for you. Please call us at 612-436-5026 for a free consultation.