Do you suffer from a chronic digestive problems, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, bowel dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gallbladder issues? If so, it’s possible that the blood thinner drug Xarelto is contributing to your health problems.
GI problems can manifest in many different ways, including chronic diarrhea, unintentional weight loss, malnutrition or nutritional deficiencies, abdominal cramping and sharp abdominal pain.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (Rivaroxiban) is a Xa inhibitor, a new generation anti-coagulant drug that can cause lots of very serious gastrointestinal side effects. Xarelto’s most serious and well-known side effects involve internal bleeding, including several forms of gastrointestinal bleeding, such as:
- rectal bleeding;
- stomach bleeds;
- intestinal bleeding; and
- colon bleeding.
But the possible Xarelto side effects can also include a number of lesser-known ailments, such as a reduction in bile flow, which can result in a chain reaction that leads to serious illness.
Xarelto is most commonly prescribed for preventing strokes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and individuals who are prone to pulmonary embolism. This blood thinner drug may also be prescribed to knee or hip replacement patients after the operation to prevent dangerous or even deadly blood clots.
Side Effects: Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Xarelto causes GI problems in a few different ways. The first and most common method of causing GI problems relates to the anti-coagulant properties of this drug. Stomach ulcers, intestinal polyps, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — among other conditions — are known to cause chronic intestinal inflammation and bleeding.
Normally, while uncomfortable, these conditions are generally not life-threatening. In a healthy patient, the body can easily compensate for an intermittent bleed. In fact, many patients with gastrointestinal bleeding may not even know it! Sometimes, the only symptom is bloody stool, which — understandably — may escape notice.
But when combined with Xarelto gastrointestinal bleeding can turn into a life-threatening situation. This is because Xarelto inhibits the production of thrombin, which is one component in the blood that allows for clot formation. Clot formation is essential to stop bleeding, as the red blood cells clump together, forming a mass that plugs up the defect in the damaged capillary, vein or vessel. This slows and ultimately stops bleeding. But this process cannot occur while the patient is on Xarelto. Internal bleeding then turns into a dangerous and life-threatening situation, as there is no reversal agent or antidote for this particular blood thinner drug.
If an individual were to experience a very slow, constant GI bleed, the body may be able to compensate for the blood loss, but over time, the blood could cause irritation to the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in diarrhea and discomfort.
Xarelto Side Effects: Gallbladder Problems
Xarelto causes gallbladder and digestive problems due to the fact that the drug inhibits bile flow. The liver triggers the production of bile in the gallbladder as a mechanism for breaking down and digesting fats.
When the flow of bile is slowed or blocked entirely, the body is unable to process fats, which are subsequently expelled in fecal matter. This results in chronic diarrhea and even bathroom accidents.
In cases where bile flow is blocked partially or completely, gallstones may form as the stagnant bile solidifies. Gallstones can exacerbate the problem by traveling into the bile ducts which lead from the gallbladder to the intestinal tract. The gallstones may obstruct the bile ducts, resulting in extreme pain.
The patient may experience pain in the right side of the abdomen after eating a fatty meal, as this is when the body naturally produces bile to process the fat. Instead, the bile cannot properly escape the gallbladder due to the obstruction. This causes pain which can be intermittent or, in the case of a complete blockage, constant.
In the case of severe pain, known as a gallbladder attack, surgical intervention is typically required to remove the gallbladder. But patients on Xarelto cannot undergo surgery since their blood does not have the ability to clot.
While the half life of Xarelto (the amount of time it takes for the body to eliminate half of the drug’s original dosage) is a matter of just 5 to 9 hours in a healthy person between the ages of 20 to 45, it can take many more hours for an older or less-than-healthy individual to naturally process Xarelto to the point where it no longer prevents blood clotting.
Did You Suffer Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding?
Patients who’ve experienced Xarelto gastrointestinal bleeding and other side effects may be eligible to receive financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and their pain and suffering. In the case of a patient who has died from Xarelto bleeding or other complications, the decedent’s family members may qualify for financial compensation, including funds to cover the cost of funeral and burial expenses.
If you or a loved one experienced Xarelto internal bleeding t’s important to take action and consult an attorney as soon as possible because each state has a statute of limitations which limits the amount of time that an individual has to file a lawsuit.
The experienced legal team at The Meldofsky Firm is committed to our clients. We strive to help our clients find legal justice and financial compensation for their losses. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get compensated for all that you’ve lost as a result of this drug. Contact our experienced legal professionals today to discuss your case in a confidential consultation.
Call The Meldofsky Firm today at 877-274-8672.