What is Xarelto?

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Xarelto is a blood thinner or anticoagulant medication that prevents the formation of blood clots. The FDA approved Xarelto in July of 2011 to reduce the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism. The FDA then approved for the ongoing treatment and prevention of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism in November of 2012.

What is Xarelto used for?

Xarelto is used to treat a type of blood clot called DVT (deep vein thrombosis). DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism, which is blood clots in the lungs, and it can occur after certain types of surgeries.   Xarelto can be used to treat people with heart rhythm disorders (atrial fibrillation) which can lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.

Important things to know about Xarelto

Xarelto has been linked to severe bleeding issues and other serious side effects.   If you have a genetic spinal defect or if you have a spinal catheter in place or if you are using other drugs that can affect blood clotting, Xarelto can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive an epidural. This particular type of blood clot could potentially cause long-term paralysis.   If you have an artificial heart valve you should not take Xarelto. You should not take Xarelto if you have any issues with active or uncontrolled bleeding.

Xarelto has no known antidote or reversal agent!

What this means is that if you take Xarelto and you get any hemorrhages, which can actually be caused by the drug itself, there is no effective way of stopping it. If you were to slip and fall and get a bruise while taking Xarelto you have the risk of bleeding internally and nothing could stop it which can lead to death.

Injuries that could occur while using Xarelto include, but are not limited to:

Gastrointestinal bleeding, Cerebral hemorrhage, Stroke, Uncontrolled hemorrhage, Internal bleeding, and even Death.

Signs and symptoms of injury while taking Xarelto include, but are not limited to:

Unusual bleeding, Stroke, Vomiting that looks like “coffee grounds” or is bright red, Coughing up blood, Blood in the urine, Frequent nose bleed or gum bleeding, or Weakness and swelling in the extremities.   If you or a loved one has had any of the above-mentioned injuries or symptoms and have been taking Xarelto, please fill out the form on this page for a free initial consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney to see if you could qualify for compensation.

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