Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a relatively new anticoagulant (blood thinner) on the market that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help reduce the risk of blood clots in patients who have had major surgeries, such as hip or knee replacement surgery. It is also approved to help reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots for individuals who have atrial fibrillation (AF), which is the most common type of arrhythmia – a problem with the rhythm or rate of one’s heartbeat. Lastly, it is approved to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT – a blood clot that forms deep in the body in an individual’s vein) and pulmonary embolism (PE – a blockage of the main artery of the lung or its branches) and reduce the risk of those conditions recurring.
Because Xarelto is a blood thinner and prevents clotting, one of its more dangerous side effects is uncontrollable bleeding, and Xarelto does not have a reversal agent to stop bleeding that does occur. This means that bleeding will continue for as long as Xarelto is present in a person’s body. In cases where the bleeding, also known as hemorrhaging, occurs close to major organs like the brain, the lungs, or the kidneys, those organs can become damaged or even fail; elsewhere in the body, bleeds can cause other dangerous health problems. In some cases, the uncontrollable bleeding can even lead to death.
If you or someone you know has taken Xarelto and suffered from a severe bleed that required hospitalization, you should contact Crosley Law Firm right away for a free, in-depth case review and consultation. You can submit the details of your situation using our simple case review form online. You can also call our toll-free number 210-LAW-3000 to speak with one of our attorneys directly. And you are welcome to visit any of our branch offices in San Antonio, Houston, or the Rio Grande Valley – more details about our hours and locations can be found by clicking here.