Xarelto, also known as rivaroxaban, is an anticoagulant medication created by Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals that has been named in lawsuits that allege it causes severe complications, including fatal internal bleeding. Xarelto attorneys in Iowa and other states allege that Xarelto is dangerous and defective, and that the drug makers failed to disclose its risks to the public.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, including internal bleeding, contact Attorney Group for Iowa to learn more about your options in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your questions, and if you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Iowa Xarelto lawsuit attorney.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a blood thinning medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for use in patients who have recently had knee or hip replacement surgery, those who suffer from atrial fibrillation, and those with deep vein thrombosis. Instead of treating patients effectively, however, lawsuits claim that the medication causes severe complications, including injuries that the drug is intended to treat.
How Does Xarelto Work?
Known as an antithrombotic, Xarelto works by blocking specific clotting proteins in the blood. The medication is usually only taken once a day by mouth. It is intended to stop the formation of blood clots, which can form abnormally in some patients and block the flow of blood to the heart or brain, causing strokes or heart attacks. Patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation and who have had hip or knee replacements may be more vulnerable to the formation of abnormal blood clots, so Xarelto is designed to lower these risks.
What are the Risks of Xarelto?
Some bleeding is a known side effect of blood thinners, but patients who have filed Xarelto lawsuits claim that the drug causes uncontrollable, fatal bleeding. There are even some claims severe complications right after surgery. Significant risks that have been linked to Xarelto include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
Symptoms of internal bleeding can include:
- Weakness on a single side of the body
- Slurred speech
- Changes in vision
Since its approval in 2011, Xarelto has been linked to over 2,000 injury reports to the FDA, including approximately 180 deaths. Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto are encouraged to seek the counsel of an Iowa Xarelto lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Why a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Allegations against Janssen and Bayer in Xarelto lawsuits include that they:
- Made a dangerous and defective drug
- Continued to market it as safe and effective despite knowledge of the risks
- Failed to disclose the risks associated with Xarelto to the public
- Were negligent in failing to provide an antidote that could reverse the drugs effects in the event of internal bleeding
Other Xarelto Side Effects
Xarelto can cause a number of common side effects, including:
- Trouble swallowing
- Bloody vomit
- Dark or pink urine
- Chronic fatigue
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Back pain and headaches
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
If a drug maker fails to fulfill its duty to provide safe drugs and warn of any risks that may be associated with its medication, it could be held liable for any injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by Xarelto may be entitled to compensation, including medical expenses from an injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of income or ability to work, and the permanency of an injury. If a patient dies from complications after taking Xarelto, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for the wrongful death of a loved one. Wrongful death compensation may include funeral expenses, pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one, loss of a loved one’s financial support, and conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death.
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If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for Iowa 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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