Xarelto – also known as rivaroxaban – is a blood thinner that has been linked to dangerous side effects over the past few years.
Xarelto’s side effects include everything from minor back pain to nosebleeds to painful urination. What are the side effects of Xarelto – and why are they so serious?
What are the Side Effects of Xarelto?
Most Common Side Effects:
- Back pain
- Bleeding gums
- Bloody stools
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, or “pins and needles” sensations in the extremities
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
- Leg weakness
- Prolonged bleeding from cuts
- Red or black, tarry stools
- Red or dark brown urine
- Vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- Pain in the arms or legs
- Wound secretion
- Burning while urinating
- Difficult or painful urination
Xarelto’s published side effects seem relatively minor at first. They’re separated into these different sections based on the rate of reported incidents:
These symptoms are undoubtedly serious. But ever since Xarelto was released to market, users have been complaining about other more serious health problems.
Some lawsuits have alleged that Xarelto side effects include hemorrhaging, for example, or led directly to a stroke. Some users have also complained about swelling and puffiness around the face, blurred vision, yellowed eyes and skin, or abdominal swelling.
All of these health problems are related in some way to thinned blood.
One of the most serious concerns with Xarelto and other blood thinners is that when bleeding occurs, it can be virtually impossible to stop. This is particularly dangerous for internal bleeding, in which case the patient may be rapidly losing blood, causing it to pool in certain spots of the body.
Typically, doctors can reverse the effects of a blood thinner simply by administering an antidote. With Xarelto, however, there is no antidote, which means doctors have no way to stop the bleed even when the situation is critical.
This has put the lives of thousands of Americans at risk.
Plaintiffs allege that Xarelto failed to adequately warn users about health risks prior to using the medication.
Xarelto Lawsuits and Pending Litigation in Oklahoma and the U.S.
Ultimately, all of these lawsuits were recently consolidated into multidistrict litigation in Louisiana federal court. That consolidation ruling was made in December by the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which found enough similarities in the many complaints against Xarelto.
One recent lawsuit claimed the following:
“While defendants enjoy great financial success from their expected blockbuster drug, Xarelto, they continue to place American citizens at risk of severe bleeds and death.”
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