Xarelto Pulmonary Embolism

Published on October 7, 2014 by Sandy Liebhard

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Did you or a loved one suffer a pulmonary embolism while using Xarelto? While the blood thinner is often prescribed to prevent this very condition, the occurrence of these potentially-deadly blood clots is one of the more frequently reported complications among Xarelto patients.

Xarelto and Blood Clots

Known generically as rivaroxaban, Xarelto was brought to market in 2011. The medication belongs to a new class of anticoagulants known as direct thrombin inhibitors. Like any blood thinner, Xarelto can cause patients to experience uncontrollable internal bleeding. And as is the case with other anticoagulants in its class, an antidote has not been approved to reverse episodes of Xarelto internal bleeding.

Xarelto Pulmonary EmbolismWhen Xarelto was first brought to market, it was touted as being superior to warfarin because it does not require the same types of dietary restrictions or frequent blood monitoring that are a regular part of treatment with that decades-old blood thinner. However, bleeding that does occur with warfarin can be stopped via the administration of vitamin k.

In October 2012, the Institute for Safe Medicine Practice issued an analysis of Xarelto adverse events that revealed the drug had been named in at 350 “serious, disabling or fatal” complication reports made to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2012. Of those, 158 included blood clot related issues, while the most common problem associated with Xarelto was pulmonary embolism.

What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage of a lung artery by a blood clot that has traveled from the leg or other area of the body. The condition is associated with serious long-term health consequences, including pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries), as well as low blood oxygen levels that can cause damage to other organs. A pulmonary embolism can also cause sudden death if it is large, or if an individual experiences more than one.

About a third of patients who experience a pulmonary embolism will die if they do not receive immediate medical attention. For that reason, people using the blood thinner must be aware of signs that could indicate they are experiencing a Xarelto pulmonary embolism. These include:

  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Problems breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing, or coughing up blood
  • light-headedness or fainting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety

Hurt By Xarelto? Contact Our Office Today.

If you or someone close to you experienced a Xarelto pulmonary embolism, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturers of this blood thinner. To find out more about filing a Xarelto Lawsuit, please call 212-779-1414; to get in touch with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today.

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