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Xarelto Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims: Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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By Shawn Kasserman

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Originally intended to reduce the risk of blood clots and decrease the risk of stroke, rivaroxaban (Xarelto) is one of the newest anticoagulants on the market. It has also been linked to more than 2,000 injuries. With the injuries accumulating at an alarming pace—including those that involve uncontrollable and irreversible bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract—one must wonder how or why they continue to not only market this potentially deadly drug. Even worse, some are trying to extend its use to treat other conditions.

Anticoagulants and Their Relationship to Internal Hemorrhaging

In a healthy, normally functioning body, platelets clot at the site of a cut or injury to stop the bleeding and promote healing. If, however, the system is not functioning normally—either because of a medication, situation, or condition—these blood clots can form unnecessarily. Eventually, they can rupture or become dislocated, which allows them to travel through the circulatory system and increases the risk of certain fatal conditions, such as a stroke or heart attack.

To prevent the unnecessary formation of blood clots, patients are often placed on anticoagulants, which inhibit a component of clotting; Xarelto specifically prevents formation of fibrin. Other possible indications of use can include post-surgery blood clot prevention, treatment of atrial fibrillation (a condition of the heart that can cause small blood clots to form within the heart, or a history of stroke. Xarelto was originally marketed as a drug for atrial fibrillation.

Unfortunately, because these drugs inhibit the body’s ability to form clots, they also carry a risk of hemorrhaging. In some cases, the excessive bleeding may occur because of an injury, but in countless others, it is simply a side effect of the drug itself. In regards to Xarelto (and unlike in warfarin), no method exists to stop or reverse the excessive bleeding.

Xarelto GI Bleeds Compared to Warfarin

Although it was meant to provide benefits over warfarin, studies are finding that patients are actually at a higher risk of certain types of conditions while taking Xarelto. One such example is the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, with Xarelto increasing GI bleeding risk by approximately one percent each year when compared to warfarin patients. Certain health conditions, such as a previous history of GI bleeds, a current or past history of smoking, mild anemia or lower creatinine clearance, or older patients who had not previously experienced a GI bleed were associated with an elevated risk of GI bleeds.

Have a Xarelto Claim? Our Skilled Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered severe internal bleeding because of Xarelto, you may be able to file a claim against the drug manufacturers. However, it is important that you seek assistance to ensure that your rights are protected, and that filing a claim is currently in your best interest. The Chicago Xarelto injury attorneys at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman can help. Call our offices at 312-605-800 today and schedule a free initial consultation to learn more.

Sources:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/791352

http://www.medicinenet.com/blood_clots/article.htm

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