Xarelto (Rivaroxiban) is a powerful blood thinner drug that can have some very serious side effects, some of which can lead to permanent disability or even death. One of the many Xarelto risks involves incontinence, which occurs when the body cannot control the passage of urine or feces.
Going to the bathroom is something that many people take for granted – until they’re faced with incontinence. Xarelto has been linked to this life-changing condition as a result of its blood thinning properties, which allow for uncontrolled bleeding. This bleeding can lead to permanent injury or even death.
What is the Xarelto Incontinence Link?
Incontinence is not a direct side effect of Xarelto, but it can arise as a direct result of the drug’s effects. As a new generation anticoagulant drug known as a Xa inhibitor, Xarelto prevents the formation of thrombin, a component of the blood that allows the red blood cells to stick together and form clots. This beneficial blood clotting helps to stop small bleeds, as the red blood cells clump together and block the defect or damage that’s causing the bleed.
Xarelto prevents blood clotting from occurring, so a small bleed can continue to a point where it causes serious damage or even becomes life threatening. To compound matters, there is no Xarelto antidote or reversal agent available.
In some cases, Xarelto can cause incontinence in a situation where a patient requires a spinal tap or spinal anesthesia, also known as an epidural. Ideally, the patient would stop taking the blood thinner drug before the procedure, but this isn’t always possible, especially in an emergency situation. This leaves the patient especially prone to problems such as bleeding within the spinal column – the bone-encased area that surrounds the spinal cord.
In some cases, the patient may form epidural blood clots, also called an epidural hematoma, which can damage the spinal cord in two ways. The epidural blood clot may compress the fragile spinal cord, which has a spaghetti-like consistency. If the bleed involves the blood supply leading to a section of spinal cord, that section of the spinal cord may start to experience cellular death because there is no blood supply to provide nourishing oxygen to the cells.
Both of these scenarios can lead to permanent damage, which can range from full or partial paralysis to a loss of bladder and bowel control, also known as incontinence. Xarelto causes the uncontrolled bleeding that ultimately leads to incontinence, and therein lies the link between incontinence and Xarelto.
Incontinence can cause many serious issues. There are the social obstacles of being unable to control your urine and bowels, combined with the embarrassment and expense of wearing undergarment shields or adult diapers. A number of health complications can arise from incontinence too, including skin rashes and infection. Many individuals suffering from a lack of bladder control must use catheters to fully empty the bladder and prevent bladder and kidney infections. Using catheters for incontinence can be both painful and costly.
Individuals suffering from incontinence from Xarelto-related blood clots are also more prone to bladder infections, urinary tract infections and kidney infections. In addition, another Xarelto side effect involves kidney bleeding. These renal bleeding incidents can further compromise the body’s ability to control urination and shed toxins properly.
Xarelto Incontinence and Lawsuits
Incontinence from an epidural hematoma or an incidence of kidney bleeding caused by Xarelto can be a truly life-changing experience; one that can impact you emotionally, socially and physically.
The compassionate and caring legal professionals at The Meldofsky Firm are committed to helping clients like you to find the legal justice and financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering and medical expenses. If you’ve suffered serious Xarelto side effects like incontinence, kidney bleeding, epidural hematoma or other complications, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
Contact The Meldofsky Firm today to discuss your case in a free consultation and evaluation of your case. But it’s important to connect with The Meldofsky Firm as soon as possible because the law limits the amount of time you have to take action and file a legal claim. Call today at 877-274-8672.