Dangerous Adverse Events from Xarelto Can be Life-Threatening

Xarelto is a blood thinner that is prescribed to prevent harmful blood clots particularly in patients who underwent knee or hip replacements. Xarelto can also help prevent stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation also known as irregular heartbeat.

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for rivaroxaban (brand name: Xarelto) to be administered to people who have deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

A common and serious side effect is bleeding, which can sometimes be fatal. Additional harmful side effects that have been reported include:

  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Rectal bleeding

There is no antidote for Xarelto to stop the bleeding from the result of any of these aforementioned side effects, which can turn into a life-threatening situation.

There are more serious adverse events related to Xarelto that are being reported. And more lawsuits are being filed against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, the manufacturers of Xarelto, on the grounds that the drug makers failed to warn doctors and patients about the risk of taking the drug.

Despite the dangerous adverse events, doctors continue to prescribe Xarelto at a steady rate. The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has reported that Xarelto prescriptions have increased to almost 1 million per quarter.

Brief History of Xarelto

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in July 2011. Xarelto was viewed as an alternative to Warfarin, another blood thinner. Regular blood monitoring and frequent doctor follow-up visits are not required with Xarelto.

How Xarelto Works

Blood clots form based on several clotting factors that are natural parts of the blood. While taking Xarelto, the drug blocks Factor Xa during the clotting process, which basically helps prevent a dangerous clot from forming and getting larger.

Xarelto is an anticoagulant medicine that is taken orally.