Have you been using Xarelto?
There have been lots of adverse, life-threatening side effects, including stroke, and even death attributed to the prescription medication Xarelto. This has led to many Xarelto lawsuits – both individual and class action- filed against the manufacturer. If you or a loved one has taken this medication and have suffered some of these life threatening side effects, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. However, you may have some questions about lawsuits.
Following are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Xarelto lawsuits.
What is Xarelto?
Chances are, if you’re considering filing a Xarelto lawsuit, you already know what Xarelto is. However, just in case you’re not familiar with it, you should know that Xarelto is a popular blood thinner. It is often prescribed for the prevention of blood clot formation after heart surgery, knee/hip replacement, or even strokes. It has also been prescribed for individuals suffering from atrial fibrillation. The FDA has approved this medication for the treatment of abnormal blood clotting, DVT, atrial fibrillation, and pulmonary embolism. There are also some “off-label” uses for this medication that your physician may prescribe it for.
Is Xarelto different from Warfarin and how?
For many years, physicians have been prescribing the blood thinner medication, Warfarin in order to treat and prevent blood clots. However, in addition to taking the medication Warfarin, patients were told that they also needed to change their diets and lifestyles due to the fact that there are many foods that have adverse interactions with Warfarin. Additionally, patients who were taking Warfarin were required to receive regular blood monitoring in order to keep their blood levels at the optimum level. Xarelto is said to work differently than Warfarin and patients who take Xarelto are not required to change their diets or lifestyles or to undergo regular blood monitoring.
How exactly does Xarelto work?
Xarelto is known as a selective inhibitor of the Factor Xa. It works by hindering free Factor Xa, as well as prothrombinase activity. However, it does not seem to have a direct effect on the aggregation of platelets. Therefore, the formation of blood clots is prevented.
Are there any side effects of Xarelto and what are they?
Yes, just as with any other medication, Xarelto does have some side effects, some of which have caused the concerns that have led to the Xarelto lawsuits. Patients who are taking this medication are likely to experience serious side effects including spinal hematomas, rectal bleeding, prolonged bleeding, abdominal bleeding, internal bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, strokes, heart attacks, and even death.
What will happen if I bleed while taking this prescription drug?
Though Xarelto is great because there are not the interactions with food that Warfarin has, the drawback is that unlike with Warfarin and the other more traditional blood thinners, there is no known antidote. If your levels get too high while you’re taking this medication, there is very little that medical personnel will be able to do to keep you from bleeding excessively. There is a serious and real risk of bleeding to death for those patients who are taking this medication. This is the main reason that the Xarelto lawsuits have even come up.
Are there specific recommendations for managing excessive bleeding while taking the medication Xarelto?
As of right now, the manufacturer of Xarelto has not provided a successful way to prevent or manage excessive bleeding in those patients who are taking the prescription medication Xarelto. Unlike many of the other blood thinners, including Warfarin, there is currently no known antidote. Xarelto is not dialyzable, which means that it cannot be diffused through a dialyzing membrane- dialysis cannot purge your body from this medication. This is the reason why so many patients have experienced serious side effects and even death when taking Xarelto.
How do I take Xarelto?
Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant. In most cases, it is prescribed in a dosage of 20 milligrams once daily. The physician typically recommends that the patient take it with their evening meal. Patients can consume their typical diets while taking Xarelto.
What should I do if I experience a serious side effect while taking this medication?
Patients who have experienced some of these more serious side effects and have been injured or killed by Xarelto are seeking some answers to their questions. For example, why did I experience these injuries, or was this preventable?
You should be aware that Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals are being held responsible for their choice to use deception in their advertising of Xarelto and to minimize the serious risk of uncontrollable bleeding associated with this dangerous medication. They did this so that they could make lots of money. It was the patients taking the medication that suffered the consequences.
If you took Xarelto and want to know if you can file a Xarelto lawsuit, you should speak with an attorney who is experienced with pharmaceutical drug lawsuits. He/she will be able to help you and your family to find answers to any questions you have- and to help you to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries, or the death of a loved one.
In what ways are the manufacturers responsible for my injuries?
Manufacturers of medications are responsible for making sure that they are manufacturing safe, reliable drugs. When they fail to test the drug properly, or market it deceptively, or even push the off label uses of a particular drug, they are running the risk of causing serious harm to consumers everywhere. At this time, the manufacturers of Xarelto are facing some serious lawsuits that are claiming that they used deceptive marketing to sell Xarelto and minimized the risk of the medication. Additionally, they did not offer physicians an antidote for controlling excessive bleeding, as well as fraudulently claimed that their medication is much more effective than the traditional blood thinners. Consider this: would you have taken Xarelto if you had been aware of the risk of excessive bleeding, or would your doctor have prescribed it if that side effect were made known?
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Will an attorney be able to help me and how?
An attorney will be able to help you to find answers to your questions and see to it that these pharmaceutical companies be held responsible for their actions as well as their inactions through Xarelto lawsuits. Dangerous medications should not be placed on the market and allowed to harm patients. An attorney can file a lawsuit for you to make sure that justice does prevail. Currently, there are many individuals who have been harmed by Xarelto or have had a family member die as a result of taking Xarelto that are filing lawsuits. They could potentially collect millions of dollars for their pain and suffering.
Am I required to file a lawsuit?
You should be aware that you’re never expected or required to file a lawsuit. However, if you feel you have a case, it is necessary that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You really do deserve to have all of the facts and to explore your legal options. Know that you never have to suffer in silence- you’re not alone. An attorney will be able to sit down with you and tell you all of your legal options and then help you decide what the right decision is for both you and your family.
Will I have to come out of pocket for attorney fees to file a prescription medication lawsuit?
In most cases, the attorney does cases like Xarelto lawsuits on what is called a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay a dime unless you win. If you do win, you pay all of the attorney fees out of your award.