A pulmonary embolism (PE) is the blockage of a person’s pulmonary artery. The pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs. Pulmonary embolisms are often caused by blood clots that travel from a person’s leg to a person’s lungs. A pulmonary embolism commonly occurs in conjunction with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in a deep vein, often in the legs.
Possible symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, difficulty breathing, sweating, anxiety, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, fainting, and heart palpitations. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should reach out to your doctor immediately.
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of Xarelto® to include treating deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and to reduce the risk of recurrent DVT and PE following initial treatment. Xarelto® had previously been approved to reduce the risk of DVTs and PEs from occurring after knee or hip replacement surgery. The manufacturer of Xarelto® claims that the drug is at least as effective as the anticoagulants enoxaparin and warfarin.
Unfortunately, many patients who have taken Xarelto® to treat pulmonary embolisms have experienced serious side effects. The possible Xarelto® side effects are similar to the side effects of other anticoagulants. These include:
In serious cases, Xarelto® may cause death from the above symptoms. As such, it is paramount to take immediate action if one experiences any of these symptoms. In addition, if Xarelto® does not work as it is intended —reduce blood clots—the patient may suffer serious consequences, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke.
If you have experienced side effects while taking Xarelto® to treat deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, it is important to contact an experienced Xarelto® lawsuit attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. A skilled Xarelto® lawyer can help ensure you file a timely claim within the statute of limitations so that you are eligible to recover due compensation.