Xarelto, a blood thinner medication, has been linked to numerous adverse effects, including uncontrollable bleeding. Some victims have been hospitalized while some have even died as a result of using the drug. Janssen Pharmaceutical, as well as Bayer Healthcare, have had thousands of lawsuits already filed against them for the drug.
Plaintiffs allege in their complaints that the companies had failed to warn patients and their doctors about the risks of using the drug. Furthermore, had the companies taken the proper measures to issue these warnings, and then they would have opted for another medication.
Another blood-thinner medication, Warfarin, has an antidote to prevent severe internal bleeding, while Xarelto does not. This only means that somewhere along the line, pharmaceutical companies are only in the market to make a profit, rather than look out for the health and wellness of patients.
How is the drug prescribed?
Xarelto was meant to prevent blood clots, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs), and stroke, as examples. The drug was marketed as a safer, more efficient alternative to Warfarin. However, as the recent lawsuits have shown, the effects have proved to be much more dangerous than anyone would have expected.
Other reported side effects of the drug include:
- Easy bruising
- Abnormal or heavy bleeding
- Headache or dizziness
Injuries that have resulted from these accidents include brain hemorrhage, vaginal bleeding, heart attack, and even stroke. It is a wonder that a drug that had promised to prevent illness has caused further damage to thousands of others.
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