The presence of blood clots in the body can be dangerous. The two main classifications of blood clots are Deep Vein Thrombi (DVT) or Pulmonary Emboli (PE). The former affect the deep veins in the leg and the latter affect the lungs. Either can lead to a stroke, a heart attack, or even death. Physicians may prescribe anticoagulant medications or insert IVC filters in patients who are experiencing symptoms of DVT or PE. Unfortunately, these therapies are inherently risky. If you or a family member have suffered as a result of taking the drug, Xarelto, contact an experienced and successful Xarelto attorney at Roden + Love, LLC for excellent legal representation and counsel.
Why Would I Need Xarelto?
The symptoms of DVT and PE are fairly obvious: if you have DVT, you may experience swelling in your legs accompanied by heat and intense pain. Patients with DVT have described the sensation as a charlie horse that doesn’t subside. The symptoms of PE present as difficulty breathing, chest pain, and coughing up pinkish foam. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your family doctor will refer you to the nearest emergency room.
Once you arrive in the ER, the attending physician will take a detailed history to figure out what’s causing the clot. From there, staff may perform scans like a Doppler ultrasound to determine the blood clots’ location. Once they’ve confirmed a DVT or PE, they’ll start you on anticoagulant medicine to dissolve the clot.
Warfarin, Coumadin, and Heparin (Lovenox) are common anticoagulant therapies. These may be taken as pills, while heparin is administered via IV or injection. Xarelto is another therapy that physicians often prescribe. Xarelto seemed like a safer alternative to Warfarin when it hit the markets, as Warfarin requires close monitoring and frequent blood draws to assure blood isn’t becoming too thin. Compliance to the frequent monitoring is fairly low, and Xarelto provided a less invasive alternative.
Xarelto is also a commonly prescribed drug to treat atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), a heart arrhythmia that affects thousands of Americans each year. A-Fib causes blood to pool in the atria of the heart, increasing risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
Why Xarelto Is Riskier than Other Drugs
The biggest danger of Xarelto is that it’s harder to reverse its effects than Warfarin/Coumadin. Say, for example, you experienced trauma from a car accident, which then lead to internal bleeding. If you’re on Warfarin (Coumadin), your medical team can start you on therapies that negate the effects of the blood thinners, slowing your internal bleeding. Xarelto, unfortunately, is not as easy to reverse, putting you at increased risk for hemorrhage.
Other risks of Xarelto include:
- Severe internal bleeding or hemorrhaging as a result of minor trauma. You may sustain a serious internal injury from a seemingly minor mishap, like falling to the ground.
- Increased risk of needing blood transfusions from a minor accident.
- Xarelto can lead to hepatitis (or liver injury) in some patients.
Doctors will likely avoid prescribing Xarelto if you’re over 70 or if you’re on any other medications that can cause adverse reactions while you’re on Xarelto. You’ll only be given a prescription for Xarelto if the benefits outweigh the risks.
What Can I Do after an Injury on Xarelto?
If you’ve experienced complications like internal bleeding or hemorrhaging while on Xarelto, you may be saddled with long-term effects of the trauma. Xarelto can lead to brain injury, extreme blood loss, and even death. If you or a family member has experienced these complications, you may be eligible to for compensation for your physical and emotional suffering.
Roden + Love, LLC has a Xarelto attorneys with experience in resolving dangerous drug cases for victims and their families. To see if you have a case, set up a free initial consultation. A member of our team will meet with you to assess the specifics of your situation and advise you of the next best steps. Contact us now.