Xarelto is a blood-thinning medication that was introduced to prevent blood clots from forming in patients with atrial fibrillation and to reduce the chance of blood clots forming in patients who have just undergone major surgery. However, recent reports have shown that taking Xarelto can lead to serious health issues, such as hemorrhaging, excess blood loss, and sometimes even death. Once you have taken the anticoagulant, Xarelto, the blood thinning effects cannot be reversed, making it difficult or even impossible to control the large amounts of blood loss experienced by a growing number of people taking this medication.
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the label on Xarelto as misleading in that it was not properly warning consumers of the risks associated with taking this medication. The manufacturers, Bayer and Janssen, were required to update the safety portion of their label to adequately inform consumers of the serious health problems that frequently occur when taking this drug. Although steps have been taken to improve the language and warnings on the Xarelto label, many still think the updated label does not accurately represent the severity of the risks you are taking by using this medication.
Internal bleeding and hemorrhaging is particularly dangerous, because you do not always recognize when this is happening. Some symptoms of serious internal blood loss include, but are not limited to:
- Coughing up blood;
- Pink or dark urine;
- Frequent or uncontrollable nose bleeds;
- Unusual bruising;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Severe headaches; and
- Feeling weak or tired.
If you or a loved one have been prescribed Xarelto and experienced any of the aforementioned side effects, call us. Our experienced product liability lawyers have the qualifications and expertise to get you the help you need. The call costs you nothing… it could mean everything.