Xarelto & Blood Thinner Medication

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Xarelto & Blood Thinner Medication

Blood thinners like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Coumadin are necessary medications for some people with atrial fibrillation. Xarelto is quickly becoming one of the most used blood thinner medications on the market. However, new reports raise alarming concerns regarding serious Xarelto injuries.

Xarelto’s side effects include:

  • Internal Bleeding
  • Thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Decreased Hemoglobin
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents (stroke)
  • Peripheral edema
  • Dyspnea

Coumadin (warfarin) was one of the first blood thinner medications and was approved for use in 1954. Xarelto, approved by the FDA in November of 2011, has been promoted as the next generation of blood-thinning drugs. Janssen has marketed and promoted Xarelto as a once-a-day drug that, unlike warfarin, does not require periodic monitoring with blood tests.

By the end of 2012, there were 2,081 serious adverse events reported to the FDA that were associated with Xarelto users, including 151 deaths. An MDL was established to handle Xarelto cases, and Plaintiffs across the country have filed lawsuits alleging that Xarelto is defectively designed and that the manufacturer failed to warn doctors and users of Xarelto’s potentially deadly side effects.

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