New blood thinner Xarelto and the dangers of internal bleeding

by Jay Pate

When having hip or knee replacement surgery, your healthcare provider may have prescribed rivaroxaban to prevent blood clots after the procedure. Invented and manufactured by Bayer, rivaroxaban it is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica as Xarelto. This blood-thinning medicine can also prevent blood clots and strokes in people with atrial fibrillation. Unlike other blood-thinning drugs that are usually injected, rivaroxaban comes as a tablet and is taken by mouth. Unfortunately, the drug has been linked to an increased risk for internal bleeding events.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) is a prescription is a prescription anticoagulant (“blood thinner”) medication. Just like any medicine, rivaroxaban may cause side effects. Xarelto can cause serious bleeding, including potentially fatal internal bleeding.

The FDA recently has noted that treatment with Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) was associated with increased rates of bleeding events compared with placebo: Among those on 2.5 mg twice a day, major bleeding was significantly higher (1.3%) than in those on placebo (0.4%). Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and hemorrhagic stroke rates were also higher among those on rivaroxaban compared with those on placebo.

Signs and symptoms of Xarelto-induced internal bleeding may vary, depending on the location of the bleeding, and what body functions are affected. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include:

  • unusual bleeding
  • discolored urine (blood in the urine)
  • red or black-colored stool
  • coughing up blood
  • vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds
  • frequent nose bleed or gum bleeding
  • weakness and swelling in the extremities

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct. From dangerous fentanyl pain patches to defective hip and knee implant devices to Yaz, Actos, Avandia, Accutane, transvaginal mesh, and SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil or Zoloft, the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have made it a career priority to hold drug manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the resources and experience to protect consumers from irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. If you have been injured or have lost someone you care about because of defective or dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices, you deserve proper compensation. Contact us for a free consultation to find out more about your legal options. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free online case evaluation form.

by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.