Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Severe Side Effects

What is Xarelto?

is a blood thinner or anticoagulant medication used for treatment and prevention of blood clots.

Conditions Related to Xarelto

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where blood clots form in the blood vessels of the legs. A pulmonary embolism can result if a clot leaves the legs and travels to the lungs and becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs. Normally Xarelto is used after knee or hip replacement surgery when patients are immobile and are at greater risk for blood clots because of immobility.

Certain heart rhythm problems such as nonvalvular atrial fibrillation may lead to stroke. Xarelto is used as a blood thinner to prevent stroke in patients with these types of conditions.

Side Effects from Xarelto

There are several side effects associated with Xarelto which include:

  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Peeling
  • Red skin rash
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Severe headache
  • Problems with vision
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding 
  • Other similar conditions

The most severe and concerning side effect of Xarelto to date is uncontrolled severe internal bleeding that could be fatal. There is a risk of bleeding with all blood thinners, however, Xarelto is unique in that there is no antidote to stop the bleeding. Warfarin, an older blood thinner, may cause bleeding, but physicians can use a vitamin K antidote to stop the bleeding where that is not possible with Xarelto.

Lawsuits Involving Xarelto

In June 2014 victims of internal bleeding filed the first U.S. lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson claiming they did not properly warn the public about the risks and should never have sold the drug. The case stated “As the manufacturers and distributors of Xarelto, defendants knew or should have known Xarelto use was associated with irreversible bleeds.” the complaint said.

Bayer and Johnson & Johnson are maintaining the drug is safe.

Lowe Law Group is an advocate for those who have been affected or those who have had loved ones affected by the use of the prescription drug Xarelto. Lowe Law Group can answer any questions and offers a FREE consultation, call us today at 801.917.8500.

1. “Rivaroxaban.” National Institutes of Health. October 20, 2014

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