Corpus Christi Xarelto Injury Attorneys
Serving Clients in Nueces County & Beyond
Bayer, the company behind the blood thinning drug Xarelto, is coming under
a great deal of fire right now due to harmful and potentially deadly side
effects of the drug. Despite advertisements that Xarelto is safe and convenient,
many patients have experienced serious problems with internal bleeding.
It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe blood thinners to patients
who have suffered from blood clots and/or who are at an elevated risk
for developing clots. Older blood-thinning drugs, like warfarin, were
commonly prescribed for this purpose for many years. However, to determine
the correct dosage, blood tests must be conducted. Furthermore, warfarin
requires patients to adhere to a fairly strict diet to be effective.
Because Xarelto does not require blood testing or special diets, it has
become very popular with doctors and patients alike. Unlike warfarin and
other similar drugs, however, Xarelto also does not require regular monitoring
and can thus be more convenient for patients, as they will not have to
schedule as many appointments with their doctors.
Safety Issues with Xarelto
While warfarin may require more testing, dieting, and monitoring, if a
patient is injured and begins to bleed uncontrollably (either externally
or internally), there is an antidote available to slow or stop the bleeding
while the injury is addressed. This is not the case with Xarelto. Internal
bleeding associated with Xarelto use cannot be slowed or stopped because
there is no antidote available.
Thus, if a patient on Xarelto is injured and begins bleeding internally,
there is no option but to wait (under medical supervision) until the drug
is out of the patient’s system when the patient’s blood will
resume its ability to clot and stop the bleeding.
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
Because Xarelto is associated with uncontrollable internal bleeding, patients
taking the drug should be aware of the signs and symptoms of internal
bleeding. When taking Xarelto, any accident or injury could become serious
and even life-threatening.
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Blood in the patient’s stool
- Dark brown or red urine
- Unexplained nosebleeds
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Persistent bruises that take longer than normal to heal or do not heal at all
- Headaches and/or dizziness
- Bleeding from cuts or scrapes that does not stop after a prolonged period of time
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
If you are taking Xarelto and you are injured in any way, do not hesitate
to call your doctor immediately, as Xarelto-related internal bleeding
may not be immediately obvious to you or the people around you.
Xarelto Internal Bleeding Lawsuits
Because there is no antidote for Xarelto if a patient experiences uncontrollable
internal bleeding, it is very important that doctors are very clear with
their patients about the risks associated with using Xarelto. Some doctors,
however, will opt to prescribe the drug without giving their patients
a clear understanding of the potential health risks of using it.
Likewise, several lawsuits have been filed against Bayer for failure to
properly warn patients about the potentially harmful (and even deadly)
side effects associated with Xarelto and internal bleeding.
If you have experienced physical and/or emotional trauma as a result of
internal bleeding while using Xarelto, you should contact a qualified
attorney today to discuss your case. You should not be held responsible
for paying for additional medical bills, lost wages, or other damages,
and an attorney who’s experienced with Xarelto internal bleeding
cases can help you gain the compensation you deserve.
Call Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today at (361) 238-2789 or fill out our online
contact form for a free case analysis and consultation with our experienced
drug injury lawyers in Corpus Christi.