The Nature of the Drug: Introduced in 2011, Xarelto (rivoraxaban) is one of the most popular blood thinners on the market. It a member of the class of drugs called Factor Xa inhibitors, which counter blood-clot formation. Xarelto is prescribed for atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), deep-vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lung). Doctors also prescribe it to stroke victims, and to patients having hip- or knee-replacement surgery. The drug is manufactured by Bayer, and marketed in the United States by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

The Hazards of Xarelto: Xarelto users can experience uncontrolled bleeding. Normal blood clotting can stop working in Xarelto patients, making minor cuts extremely dangerous. And unlike the older blood thinner Warfarin, no drug is available to counteract uncontrolled bleeding caused by Xarelto. Deaths have resulted. And the drug can cause blood to pool in the body, which is a health risk and can damage specific organs. The brain is particularly vulnerable to injury from internal bleeding.

Xarelto users are also at increased risk of infection, and of complications from wounds. One study found that they had four times the risk of infection that users of the alternative drug Herperin had.
Xarelto patients have experienced mild or moderate side effects as well. Back pain, bleeding gums, nose bleeds, and bowel or bladder dysfunction have resulted. The side effects are mild by themselves but can indicate a serious health problem.

Excessive bleeding and infection from Xarelto have led to many lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

To Obtain Legal Relief: If you or a family member has suffered uncontrolled bleeding or some other side effect while taking Xarelto, you may have valuable legal rights. Attorney Stephen A. Katz is available at (800) 251-3529 for a free consultation, or for legal representation.