The anticoagulant medication Xarelto has been linked to severe complications, including potentially fatal internal bleeding. Xarelto attorneys in Georgia and other states allege that Xarelto is a dangerous and defective drug, and that the drug makers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare failed to disclose the risks associated with Xarelto.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered injuries, contact Attorney Group for Georgia to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions, and if you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Georgia Xarelto lawsuit attorney.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a blood thinner that is designed to keep the blood from clotting. It is approved for use in patients with atrial fibrillation or those who have recently had hip or knee replacements. It was approved in 2011, but since has been named in over 2,000 reports of injuries to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
How Does Xarelto Work?
Most people’s blood will clot only when they become injured to prevent excessive bleeding. However, the blood can clot abnormally in some cases, cutting of blood flow to certain part of the body. This can cause a stroke or heart attack if the clot blocks blood flow to the brain or heart, and can be fatal. Xarelto is an anticoagulant intended to prevent dangerous blood clots by thinning out the blood.
Risk of Injury
Some bleeding is a common side effect associated with taking blood thinners. However, patients who claim they suffered hemorrhaging that could not be stopped with traditional antidotes, like Vitamin K, have filed Xarelto lawsuits. Many patients also claim that this medication caused complications shortly after they underwent an operation and that its risk of bleeding is significantly higher than other blood thinners currently on the market.
What are the Risks of Xarelto?
Significant injuries that patients claim can be caused by Xarelto include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
- Reduction of hemoglobin
Patients also claim that Xarelto poses a risk of uncontrollable bleeding because of the lack of an antidote. More traditional anticoagulants, like warfarin, have an antidote that can reverse the drug’s effects, but there are no means to stop bleeding from Xarelto should it occur.
Significant allegations made by patients in Xarelto lawsuits include that the drug maker:
- Did not fully disclose the risks associated with taking Xarelto.
- Attempted to make false claims about the advantages of Xarelto in order to ensure the brand’s profitability.
- Did not adequately conduct trials to test the effects of Xarelto on humans
- Concealed the potentially life-threatening risks associated with Xarelto
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto are encouraged to seek the counsel of a Georgia Xarelto lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Other Xarelto Side Effects
Like many drugs, some patients experience no side effects, some experience minor side effects, and some experience serious side effects. Some of the more minor side effects associated with taking Xarelto include excessive bruising, persistent headaches, vomiting or coughing up blood, bleeding or swollen gums, and constant back pain.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
If a patient is injured by a drug, a drug maker can be held liable for failing to fulfill its duty to provide safe drugs and warn of potentially harmful side effects. Patients who have been injured by Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for damages, including medical expenses, loss of income or ability to work, and pain and suffering from an injury.
If a patient dies from complications after taking Xarelto, his or her family members may be entitled to compensation for their loved one’s wrongful death, which may include mental anguish from the loss of a loved one, conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death, and funeral expenses.
If you or a loved one suffered complications after taking Xarelto, contact Attorney Group for Georgia for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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