Intestinal bleeding is a very serious and life-threatening side effect that has been linked to Xarelto, a blood thinner medication that was released in 2011, despite the lack of an antidote.
Intestinal bleeding arises due to a range of different ailments. Peptic ulcers form in the esophagus, stomach and small intestine as a result of many different conditions, ranging from infections, to gastric acid imbalances and even stress.
Intestinal bleeding may also arise when enlarged veins in the esophagus rupture as a result of a condition known as esophageal varices. Chronic upset stemming from Crohn’s Disease and irritable bowel syndrome may also lead to bleeding.
Normally, intestinal bleeding is quite treatable and it’s rarely life-threatening, but in patients who were taking Xarelto, these bleeds proved extremely dangerous. As a blood thinner, Xarelto thins the blood and impairs its natural ability to form clots. Clotting is required to stop the bleeding.
The result was uncontrolled bleeding that led to hospitalization and in some cases, death. Many patients were not cautioned about the serious and life-threatening nature of this potential Xarelto side effect. Many also did not realize that there is no antidote for Xarelto, making the management of intestinal bleeding even more complex.
An excessively bleeding intestine can lead to crippling complications that can prove fatal. If you are suffering from this condition as a result of taking Xarelto, contact The Meldofsky Firm today. Our dedicated experts will work with you to get the compensation you deserve.