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What Is Xarelto®?

Rivaroxaban, commonly known as Xarelto®, is a prescription blood-thinning medicine. The drug is manufactured and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and Bayer Healthcare. Xarelto® was introduced in 2011 and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for several different purposes.

Mostly notably, Xarelto® is prescribed to held reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation that is not caused by a heart valve problem. In addition, Xarelto® is used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Finally, Xarelto® is also prescribed to reduce the risk of forming a blood clot in the legs and lungs of individuals who have had knee or hip replacement surgery.

Common Xarelto® Side Effects

While Xarelto® can be effective in treating certain conditions, the drug can also have serious side effects, some of which can be deadly. The most common Xarelto® side effect is uncontrolled bleeding. Unlike many other anticoagulants, there is no antidote to prevent the internal bleeding caused by Xarelto®. If left untreated, uncontrolled bleeding may be fatal.

Other possible side effects associated with Xarelto® include:

  • Itching
  • Fainting
  • Spinal or epidural blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Yellowness of the skin
  • Muscle spasms
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Discolored urine or stool
  • Coughing up blood or blood clots
  • Headaches, feeling dizzy or weak
  • Pain, swelling, or new drainage

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Filing a Xarelto® Lawsuit

As a result of the side effects, there are numerous lawsuits surrounding Xarelto®. Janssen Pharmaceutical and Bayer Healthcare face hundreds of lawsuits, which are claiming that Xarelto® is a defective and dangerous drug. Ultimately, the plaintiffs are claiming that these companies failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the increased risks associated with Xarelto®.

Over 1,000 individuals have filed lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceutical and Bayer Healthcare making these claims about Xarelto®. These cases are proceeding through multi-district litigation. Starting in the beginning of 2017, a few of these cases will proceed to trial. Individuals who have been injured as a result of Xarelto® can still join the litigation process, but time is limited.

What Are the Next Steps I Should Take?

If you or a loved one has been injured from taking Xarelto®, it is important to contact an experienced Xarelto® attorney immediately. Each state has a time limit for when a personal injury claim may be filed. This is known as a statute of limitations. If an injury claim is not timely filed against the appropriate parties—the drug manufacturer, distributor, and marketer—within the statute of limitations, then the injured party may be prevented from filing a lawsuit and cannot recover damages.

As such, it is paramount to act quickly if you believe that you have a legal claim against the maker of Xarelto®. Contact one of our experienced Xarelto® lawyers attorneys today to find out how we can help protect your legal rights.

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