Xarelto (rivaroxaban) was approved by the FDA in July of 2011 and is marketed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is a prescription medicine with three main uses, to:
- reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation
- treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
- reduce the risk of blood clots in patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery
Xarelto belongs to a class of anticoagulants called direct factor Xa inhibitors. Sometimes referred to as blood thinners, anticoagulants interfere with the normal clotting of the blood. Clotting is essential if a person is to stop bleeding from an open wound, but some people experience clotting when they are not injured. Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood to pool in the heart and may lead to clots. If these travel to the brain, they may cause a stroke. Blood clots that develop in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) can cause serious complications and/or death if left untreated.
Xarelto Side Effects
Of the more than 1,800 adverse events reported that have been linked to Xarelto, the most common events were:
- Pulmonary embolism (386 reports)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (279 reports)
- Uncontrolled bleeding, including:
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage (107 reports)
- Hemorrhage (107 reports)
Other adverse events reported included:
- Hemoglobin decrease
- Cerebrovascular accidents
- Edema peripheral
Hospitalization was reported in 891 of these events; 183 deaths have been associated with Xarelto.
Filing a Xarelto Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect after taking the drug Xarelto, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the Xarelto lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page.
How Long Do I Have to File?
Every state has maximum time limitations on when an injury claim must be filed (known as statutes of limitations). If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, retailers, and/or healthcare providers before the statute of limitation expires, the injured persons are prevented from bringing a claim against the parties who may be liable. If you have been potentially injured by the use of Xarelto, your statute of limitations may already have expired, or may expire in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without us first reviewing the individual facts of your situation. The one thing we can absolutely state is that every day you wait to retain an attorney may be the last day you can bring a claim.
How Much Does it Cost?
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