Xarelto (also known as rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinning medicine. It is prescribed for people to lower the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis, among other conditions. Patients who experience atrial fibrillation are also often prescribed Xarelto. The drug was approved for use in 2011.
There have been lawsuits in the news regarding negative side effects from Xarelto. Because the drug is a blood thinner, there is a risk that the drug can cause unintended internal bleeding, such as gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain. The lawsuits that are being filed against this drug stem from the fact that the plaintiffs claim the drug company either did not adequately warn them about the potential for internal bleeding while taking the medicine or continued to sell the drug even while knowing the risks.
One major problem with Xarelto is that there is no known antidote to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Warfarin, a blood thinner that has been in existence since the 1950’s does have a known antidote if uncontrolled bleeding happens.
Other side effects that can happen while taking Xarelto include difficulty breathing and swelling of the lower limbs.