Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are considered a dangerous group of drugs since they increase the likelihood of bleeding when an injury occurs. Popular blood thinner Xarelto is currently involved in a lawsuit that accuses the drug manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, of not warning against the excessive and possible fatal bleeding incidents that the Xarelto can cause. While all blood thinners are dangerous, there are preventive methods that may limit the risk of bleeding incidents associated with anticoagulants.
It is important to only take blood thinners when a physician prescribes the medication and strictly in the dosage given. It is a common occurrence that individuals fail to fill their prescription or decide to stop taking the prescribed drug without consulting a doctor prior. The act of stopping Xarelto before speaking with a physician places a patient at greater risk of stroke and cardiovascular problems.
Some doctors will prescribe Xarelto to be taken in tandem with other medications. Drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with Xarelto include aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin sodium, heparin, and other medicines that prevent blood clots.
Aspirin is commonly prescribed with Xarelto but can cause severe bleeding incidents such as fatal hemorrhaging. Warning signs of complications resulting from mixing the two medications include unusual bruising, dizziness, red or black stools, coughing or vomiting blood, or general weakness.
According to estimates, around 7 million people are prescribed Xarelto. The popularity of the drug, while helpful to millions in overcoming serious medical issues, also presents the danger of causing millions more to suffer unwarranted side effects. If you have taken Xarelto while prescribed other medications and experienced harmful side effects as a result, consult with an attorney in your area about your legal options.