Gatlinburg Xarelto Lawyer
Xarelto, also known by its generic name rivaroxaban, is a drug used to prevent blood clots. Patients who are diagnosed with atrial fibrillations, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism are often treated with a blood thinning drug such as Xarelto. While the drug can prevent a blood clot, it also has the potential to cause fatal bleeding and other severe side effects. Contact our Gatlinburg Xarelto lawyers at Fox & Farley to learn more about this dangerous drug.
The History of Xarelto
In the 1950s the drug Warfarin began being prescribed to treat blood clots. Warfarin requires frequent blood testing to get the proper doses and the patient must avoid leafy greens and other vitamin-K rich foods. In 2011, Xarelto was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The manufacturers, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, advertised Xarelto as being a superior drug to Warfarin because it does not require a special diet and the doses can be set up without consistent monitoring with blood tests. While those are nice benefits, Xarelto has serious side effects that make it dangerous to patients.
Severe Side Effects of Taking Xarelto
- Increased risk of stroke – If a patient is not carefully dosed off of Xarelto it can lead to a stroke. Even switching to a different medication such as Warfarin can increase the likelihood of a stroke.
- Serious or fatal bleeding – Xarelto has a 4.3 percent incidence rate of serious bleeding in patients, while Warfarin only has a 3.1 percent chance. Additionally, doctors can still save a patient taking Warfarin because vitamin K is an antidote. There is no antidote for Xarelto.
- Muscle pain or spasming – Back pain and leg pain are commonly associated with taking Xarelto. This includes numbness, tingling, spasms, or even a loss of muscle function.
- Easy bruising – Since the drug is a blood thinner, patients must be careful with activities or sports that could lead to bruises or cuts. The bleeding could continue and pose a serious health threat.
- Fainting – Fainting can lead to other injuries such as a broken bone or head trauma from hitting an object while falling.
How the Drug Company is Liable
There are 18,000 pending lawsuits against the manufacturers of Xarelto. Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have already been brought to court on grounds that they did not adequately let patients and prescribers know of the risks associated with taking Xarelto and that there was not enough testing done prior to introducing Xarelto to the public.
Contact Fox & Farley to Learn More
If you or your loved one are being treated with Xarelto and have been experiencing negative side effects, it is time to speak with a Gatlinburg lawyer. At Fox & Farley we understand what it takes to go up against large pharmaceutical companies. Our staff is well-versed in the FDA’s regulations and are experienced in presenting why a manufacturer should be held liable for a person’s injuries. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.