What is Xarelto and What Does it Treat
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the newest anticoagulants (blood thinners) developed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The drug falls into the Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) category and belongs to a class of medications known as Factor Xa inhibitors.
What is a blood thinner?
A blood thinner is a drug that is intended to make your blood more fluid (less thick) to prevent it from coagulating and forming dangerous blood clots that can obstruct major arteries and blood vessels, which can cause serious damage to vital organs such as the brain, heart, or lungs.
When did Xarelto first come on the market?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the use of Xarelto in 2011. However, there were initial safety concerns and issues with a major clinical trial, known as RECORD 4, that was rejected by the FDA.
Before Xarelto gained a foothold in the market, Warfarin (also known as Coumadin) was considered to be the gold standard anticoagulant medication, and had been since the early 1950’s. While Warfarin was highly regarded as the go-to option for blood thinners, it was considered to be a difficult treatment plan because of dietary restrictions and frequent lab testing.
Xarelto, on the other hand, does not have any dietary restrictions, does not require constant blood monitoring, and only requires a single daily dose.It was because of these reasons that Xarelto was marketed as a better, and easier, option for patients rather than Warfarin.
As one of the main selling points, the lack of constant blood monitoring actually prevents doctors from correctly assessing Xarelto’s effectiveness and safety for the patient.
What does Xarelto treat?
The FDA initially recommended Bayer’s billion-dollar medicine, Xarelto, through a fast-track regulatory review for blood clot treatment in high-risk patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
DVT is a condition in which blood clots form in major vessels, especially in the arms and legs. These blood clots can travel through the body and settle in the lungs in what is known as pulmonary embolism. In the lungs, the blood clots can stop the flow of blood and cause major damage to the organ. In the case of DVT, Xarelto is often recommended to patients who have just undergone knee or hip replacement surgery.
Xarelto has also been prescribed to patients who have an abnormal heart rhythm disorder known as Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB). Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly, resulting in blood being pumped inefficiently to the rest of the body. This disorder can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.
The deadly side effects of Xarelto!
Lawsuits have begun to form against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson because there was not sufficient warning provided to the public about their product, even though they were aware of the health issues associated with Xarelto.
One of the most dangerous side effects of Xarelto is irreversible internal bleeding that often leads to hospitalization and even death. What makes Xarelto even more dangerous than Warfarin is that there are no known antidotes for the internal bleeding, as Xarelto does not respond to Vitamin K, which is the traditional antidote for anticoagulants.
Major organ, such as the brain, lungs or kidneys, can lose partial or full functionality as blood flow to them is interrupted by the internal bleeding. Brain hemorrhages can also occur and are the most deadly.
Studies on the drug have also found wound complications, such as infection and leakage in knee and hip replacement patients, can arise from usage. This can require additional surgery to treat.
What can I do if I have been affected by Xarelto?
If you or a loved one in your family has had to deal with serious health issues as a result of taking Xarelto, let the attorneys of Hotze Runkle fight for the justice you deserve.
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