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15 July 2015

Xarelto Intestinal Bleeding: Legal Steps

Recent months have seen an increase in the number of Xarelto lawsuits, stemming from the dangerous and potentially deadly side effects of this blood thinner drug.

A majority of the Xarelto lawsuits claim that after taking the drug, users experienced very serious and potentially fatal bleeding events, many of which involved the digestive system. It’s alleged that the companies responsible for producing the drug were negligent in their failure to bring the proper attention to the serious risks associated with uncontrollable and excessive bleeding.

In addition, there are no Xarelto antidotes in existence and unlike a similar new generation anticoagulant drug called Pradaxa, not even emergency dialysis can serve as a reversal agent for the dangerous drug.

Xarelto Intestinal Bleeding

GI bleeds are actually quite common and in most cases, the patient is not seriously affected. In fact, some may not even realize that intestinal bleeding is occurring. But this can lead to a deadly situation in patients on Xarelto, which is known as a Xa inhibitor, preventing the body from generating thrombin which is required to form the beneficial blood clots that are responsible for halting an active bleed.

In patients taking Xarelto, gastrointestinal bleeding takes many forms, including:

  • bleeding stomach ulcers
  • bleeding from the colon
  • small intestine bleeds
  • large intestine bleeds
  • bleeding due to ulcerative colitis
  • bleeding from colon or intestinal polyps
  • bleeding from the rectum and anus due to hemorrhoids

These are just a few of the many forms of gastrointestinal bleeding.

In order for a physician to discover whether a patient is indeed suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding, there are many diagnostic tools that can be utilized including:

  • physical examination
  • ultrasound (sonogram)
  • colonoscopy
  • upper gastrointestinal endoscopy

Patient reporting is also key in the diagnostic process. Common symptoms of intestinal bleeding on Xarelto include pale skin complexion, weakness, dizziness, vomiting blood, bloody stool and a firm, hard abdomen.

In the case of a small bleed, the patient will typically be advised to stop taking Xarelto while simultaneously being monitored. In more serious cases, where the bleed does not stop or the patient is experiencing a heavy bleed, supportive care and a blood transfusion may be required.

According to the ROCKET-AF study, which focused on patients on Xarelto for atrial fibrillation, intestinal bleeding occurred in 3.1% of the patients. Like all the other blood thinners, internal bleeding is one of the most frequent side effects of Xarelto. But unlike other blood thinners, there is no Xarelto antidote or reversal agent available.

Necessary Legal Steps After Xarelto Intestinal Bleeding

Xarelto can reportedly trigger intestinal bleeds that are not only irreversible, but some are fatal as well. The health complications caused by Xarelto may lead to costly hospital stays, along with emotional and physical trauma to the sufferer and his or her family.

Law firms that specially deal with drug lawsuits advocate for people who take a stand against the prescription drug companies that have manufactured medications with high risks and dangerous side effects.

The professional legal team at The Meldofsky Firm is available to provide clients with accurate and comprehensive information about pursuing legal action and a lawsuit due to Xarelto intestinal bleeding. Our experienced attorneys can help you to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, ensuring that the sufferer gets the financial compensation they deserve.

If Xarelto has caused health complications for you or if Xarelto caused the death of a loved one, you should contact The Meldofsky Firm today for a free case evaluation. Our legal team will work to determine if you are eligible to receive financial compensation for your losses.

If you had severe stomach or intestinal bleeding from Xarelto, we can get you all the help you need in filing a lawsuit. Contact the Meldofsky Firm today by calling 877-274-8672.

You may be eligible for financial compensation.

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