Clinton Xarelto Lawyer
Blood clots can form anywhere in the body, though the real danger is if they then travel to the heart or the brain. This can result in a heart attack or stroke, which, of course, are both life threatening events that can cause permanent impairment. That is why, once a person is susceptible to blood clots, it is important to take action before anything more serious occurs. Doctors have been prescribing an anticoagulant called Warfarin since 1954 to prevent blood clots. However, Warfarin requires monitoring and dose adjustments, so newer drugs, such as Xarelto, have come on the market boasting easy once-a-day dosing. Xarelto comes with its own set of life-threatening problems, however. If you or a loved one has suffered because of this unsafe drug, you should consult with an attorney as soon as you are able. The Clinton Xarelto injury lawyers of Fox & Farley have helped many victims of Xarelto achieve significant financial compensation.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto, which is a double black box warning medication, is a brand name for the drug Rivaroxaban. It is a blood thinner designed to prevent blood clots from forming and causing a heart attack or stroke. The drug is prescribed to treat the following conditions:
- Atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat, which leads to a higher risk of a blood clot;
- Deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot in a deep vein, often in the leg;
- Pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lungs; and
- Post-surgery blood clots.
The black box warning labels address the issues of:
- Increased risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation when switching from Xarelto to Warfarin;
- Risk of epidural or spinal hematomas, which can cause paralysis; and
- Risk of bleeding to death.
The Dangerous Side Effects of Xarelto
In QuarterWatch, a publication of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, it was reported that blood thinner drugs caused 3,018 patient deaths and 21,996 severe injuries in 2016. Xarelto was the most reported drug out of all five types of oral anticoagulants. The biggest risk posed by these drugs is hemorrhages. A hemorrhage is a rupture in a blood vessel characterised by sometimes rapid and uncontrollable blood loss. Xarelto may be convenient since it requires no testing and can be taken once a day, but patients are not always made fully aware of these potentially fatal side effects. Moreover, there is no antidote for Xarelto to stop bleeding in patients.
Contact a Clinton Xarelto Drug Injury Lawyer Today
Unfortunately, some drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, drugs routinely prescribed by doctors to help injured or sick people, are actually incredibly dangerous on their own. If you have been prescribed Xarelto, contact the Clinton offices of Fox & Farley today for help with your case.