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XARELTO FAQ'sTo help you learn more about Xarelto and some of the serious health complications, here are answers to frequently asked questions.
1What is Xarelto?
This prescription drug is a blood thinner, which Janssen Pharmaceutical manufactures.
2Why is this medication prescribed?
Physicians often prescribe Xarelto instead of the anticoagulant warfarin to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, which involves irregular and often rapid heartbeats. Xarelto is also used to treat deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke or after a knee or hip replacement surgery.
3What are the side effects?
The most serious side effect is severe internal bleeding, which can result in death. Other health risks include infection associated with hip or knee replacement surgery, decreased hemoglobin, hemorrhaging, hematomas, swelling of the lower limbs and difficulty breathing.
4What type of bleeding can Xarelto cause?
Internal and external bleeding may occur from the rectum, intestines, abdomen or brain.
5What is the "black box warning," which the FDA issued for Xarelto?
The FDA required the agency's strongest warning, which alerts patients who need an epidural or spinal tap. Taking Xarelto during these procedures may lead to paralysis.
6What was the FDA's second warning?
This safety alert was issued for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. They need to know that discontinuing Xarelto may increase the risk of blood clots and strokes.
7What are the symptoms?
Patients with an epidural hematoma may experience a lump, back pain, fatigue, or loss of bladder or bowel control. Sometimes, patients are not aware of symptoms, which can be particularly dangerous when internal bleeding occurs.
8What is a hemorrhage?
This serious medical condition, which Xarelto may cause, involves uncontrollable or rapid blood loss.
9Is a cure available for bleeding resulting from Xarelto?
No. This problem can lead to life-threatening events including death.
10Has Xarelto been recalled?
To date, a recall has not been issued for Xarelto related to internal bleeding.
11Is filing a Xarelto lawsuit expensive?
We offer a free evaluation. Our lawyers generally do not take legal fees until a favorable verdict or settlement is reached.