Xarelto and Uncontrolled Bleeding

Anticoagulants are an important part of health maintenance for patients with medical conditions that promote the formation of potentially harmful blood clots such as atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, as pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, anticoagulants such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) can be dangerous to the very people they are meant to save by thinning the blood too much that it results in uncontrollable bleeding.

There have been efforts made to find a reversal agent for Xarelto and other drugs of the direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitor (xaban) class of anticoagulants that cause copious and irreversible bleeding. According to the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery, however, the blood thinning effects of Xarelto in particular has been found to be harder to reverse than other xabans. This is a big problem for doctors, especially when the bleeding occurs in the brain because it can result in permanent damage even after the bleeding has stopped.

Xarelto was originally approved for US distribution by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of post-surgical blood clot formation following a hip or knee replacement procedure. It was designed for short-term use; in most adverse events reported, the patient had been taking Xarelto for at least a year. This was mostly due to it being prescribed for atrial fibrillation, which it had later been approved for by the FDA, and it is with prolonged use that patients typically experience serious side effects.

Before it became known that Xarelto had the potential for bleeding that was particularly difficult to stop, it had been widely prescribed as an alternative to the standard anticoagulant drug warfarin and the newer Pradaxa (dabigatran), and brought in more than $800 million in US sales in 2013 and that the anticoagulant medication market exceeds $10 billion a year. That’s a lot of prescriptions that could mean serious harm to a lot of people.

If you have experienced serious side effects from taking Xarelto, you may want to consider taking legal action. Consult a Xarelto lawyer to be one of the first to sue the responsible parties for compensation for costs associated with your medical treatment, pain and suffering.