Xarelto side effects continue to be discovered, and as the list grows of possible severe complications in patients taking the blood thinner, the potential for lawsuits in Florida and other states is also expected to grow.
According to reports, there are four common Xarelto side effects that are considered severe. They include:
- Abnormal liver function tests
- Blood clots
In August 2014, a Florida man filed a lawsuit claiming that Xarelto side effects caused a life threatening medical condition. He began using Xarelto in March 2013 and less than six months later suffered a lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage that was irreversible. According to court documents, the Florida man claims that the manufacturers were aware of potential bleeding and that they concealed the information from physicians and the public.
Data on potential liver damage in patients that use Xarelto are limited, but early research shows that liver enzymes were three times the normal levels in over four percent of patients studied. The elevation in liver enzymes disappeared once the patient stopped taking the drug. Because elevated liver enzymes can cause liver damage, this is one of the Xarelto side effects that could lead to additional lawsuits being filed in Florida and other states.
In patients who take Xarelto and who must have medication injected into their spine or epidural area, another of the potentially dangerous Xarelto side effects is the risk of forming spinal or epidural blood clots. Not only are patients who undergo spinal taps for the delivery of medication or other testing at risk for such clots, patients who take NSAIDs, have a history of epidural or spinal punctures as well as those who have had spinal surgery or a history of spinal problems.
Another Xarelto side effect known as syncope can be potentially dangerous as well. Syncope is a loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain a postural tone. Although less than one percent of patients taking the drug report fainting, the potential exists for serious injury from the side effect. In addition, a person who faints is unable to protect themselves from injury as they fall, and many times fainting can result in head trauma.
Injured by Xarelto Side Effects in Florida?
If you or a loved one has suffered a potentially life-threatening Xarelto side effect, or if a loved one has died after taking the drug, contact Attorney Group for Florida today for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine if the Xarelto side effects suffered qualify you for a lawsuit to seek compensation for damages.