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Severe and Fatal Bleeding After Taking Xarelto


In a wave of news that echo’s the dangers and complications of Pradaxa, a relatively new blood thinner is now being named in multiple lawsuits against the multinational pharmaceutical company Bayer. According to Reuters, Bayer AG is now facing lawsuits over one its top five drugs, a blood thinner called Xarelto. Xarelto is typically being used to treat deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism in certain patients. Although Bayer is the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, markets Xarelto and may also be named in lawsuits.

Potential Complications of Taking Xarelto

Like other dangerous blood thinners on the market, Xarelto carries life-threatening risks of internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, intestinal bleeding, uncontrolled bleeding, rectal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging. These complications are severe and in many cases, deadly because there is no reversal drug for Xarelto.

Xarelto Injuries and Complications

  • Internal bleeding 
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Major bleeding events

Warning Signs

  • Easy bruising 
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Feeling faint
  • Black or Bloody Stools 
  • Coughing Up Blood or Bloody Vomit 
  • Numbness, Tingling or Muscle Weakness 
  • Loss of movement to Any Part of Your Body
  • Insufficient Warning of Risk

As it turns out, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson withheld vital information from patients, doctors and regulators regarding the safety of Xarelto. They went so far as to say that Xarelto, part of the ‘new’ generation of blood thinners, requires no measurement of anticoagulant in the body. Experts will disagree. With other blood thinning drugs, doctors are constantly re-checking anticoagulant levels to make sure patients are in the ‘therapeutic window’ of treatment. This means their blood is being thinned without putting the patient at an unnecessary and unreasonably high risk for potential internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.

Xarelto Lawsuits: Need to Know

If you have lost a loved one due to hemorrhaging or you have suffered from a severe bleed while taking Xarelto, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer with proven experience in pharmaceutical litigation claims. Multinational pharmaceutical companies like Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have teams of lawyers on their side, so you need somebody looking out for your rights.

If you or a loved one has experienced a severe bleeding event due to Xarelto, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a consultation today.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.