Did you lose a loved one as a result of uncontrolled internal bleeding?
Uncontrollable Xarelto bleeding can prove deadly for patients because there is no Xarelto reversal agent – a fact that has led some to take legal action on the grounds that it was negligent to release a blood thinner drug without an antidote or reversal method.
How and Why Does Xarelto Bleeding Occur?
Uncontrolled bleeding, including internal bleeding, is a well known Xarelto side effect.
Also known as Rivaroxaban, Xarelto is prescribed for a range of conditions, including non-valvular atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder that leaves patients more prone to stroke), pulmonary embolism and deep-vein thrombosis. The blood thinner drug is even prescribed to individuals who’ve recently undergone hip replacement surgery due to the high risk of leg blood clots that may arise due to the temporary lack of mobility post-surgery.
Xarelto is an anticoagulant drug known as a Xa inhibitor, meaning it inhibits or prevents the body’s production of thrombin – a key component that allows for blood clotting. Without the appropriate amounts of thrombin in the bloodstream, the blood cannot clot which is problematic if you have an injury or damage to an organ, blood vessel, vein or capillary. Typically, the blood would clot, sealing off the damaged area but without thrombin, the bleeding continues unchecked.
Uncontrolled Xarelto bleeding can occur from any trauma or injury. But some of the more dangerous bleeding incidents involve internal bleeding, which can arise without the individual’s knowledge.
In fact, internal bleeding is relatively common and in an otherwise healthy person, it brings little cause for concern. For instance, one common source of internal bleeding is a stomach ulcer, which can cause some minor discomfort, but it generally doesn’t pose any serious health risks.
Gastrointestinal bleeding on Xarelto can be extremely dangerous, as it often occurs without the individual’s knowledge. Unlike a bleeding organ, which would discharge blood into the abdominal cavity, ultimately causing discomfort and other adverse symptoms, gastrointestinal bleeding occurs inside the intestinal tract and it’s often passed through the bowels. Few people examine their bowel movements for signs of internal bleeding (which can include dark, tarry stools or stools with visible blood) and therefore, the problem can go unnoticed for weeks, months or even years.
But if this sort of situation arises while on Xarelto, bleeding can become uncontrollable, leading to serious health effects and even death.
Compounding the situation is the fact that many internal bleeding situations would be remedied surgically, but blood thinners and surgery are an impossible combination in this case. Even if you were to surgically mend the original site of the bleed, the operation would create additional sources of bleeding.
The Xarelto half life is anywhere from 5 to 9 hours, but this is in a healthy person. In an elderly person — the individuals who are at highest risk of uncontrolled Xarelto bleeding — the half life is typically between 11 to 13 hours. An unhealthy individual who is suffering from lots of medical ailments could take even longer to process the drug, which complicates treatment for internal bleeding on Xarelto.
If physicians cannot stop the uncontrolled bleeding, the patient will die of blood loss.
Uncontrolled Xarelto Bleeding and Xarelto Reversal
Xarelto bleeding is especially dangerous because there is no Xarelto reversal agent or antidote.
Pradaxa, another new generation blood thinner drug similar to Xarelto, can be reversed using dialysis to cleanse the drug from the bloodstream and body.
The oldest and so-called “tried and true” blood thinner drug Coumadin, also known as Warfarin, has an antidote – Vitamin K, which is infused into the patient in high doses in order to control bleeding.
As of October 2015, there was no Xarelto reversal agent or antidote. In addition to this fact, which has drawn much criticism and even Xarelto lawsuits, some plaintiffs and critics have argued that Xarelto’s manufacturers didn’t provide patients with sufficient information to effectively convey the real risks and the potentially deadly blood thinner drug side effects.
Lawsuits for Uncontrolled Xarelto Bleeding and Death
If you or a loved one suffered uncontrollable bleeding on Xarelto or if a family member died on Xarelto, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
The law does limit how long you have to take legal action, so it’s important to contact the experienced attorneys at The Meldofsky Firm.
Our professional and compassionate legal team is here to assist with all of your legal needs as you prepare to file a Xarelto lawsuit in order to recover some of your financial losses and damages. But you must act quickly before time runs out.
If you or a family member suffered Xarelto side effects and complications from internal bleeding, contact The Meldofsky Firm today for a complementary and fully confidential legal consultation. Call 877.274.8642.