Xarelto Users May Trade Hobbies for Lowered Stroke Risk, Philly.com Reports

Published on February 13, 2015 by Sandy Liebhard

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A Philadelphia woman reportedly had a similar experience to a number of individuals who have filed Xarelto lawsuits. She started taking the blood thinner as a way to reduce her risk for strokes, but ran into an equally dangerous set of problems when she woke up with rectal bleeding that wouldn’t stop.

According to a Philly.com report on January 26th, the 77-year old patient’s bout of rectal bleeding occurred last November, after she felt ill for several weeks on the medication. She had been taking Xarelto, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare for about a year at that point, and promptly discontinued after the incident. “It’s bright red, and it won’t stop,” she remembers saying to doctors in the emergency room of a hospital she spent three days in, as well as an additional two afterward for tests.

Patients May Give Up Hobbies to Avoid Xarelto Bleeding Risk, Report Suggests

Xarelto is one of four new-generation blood thinners that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The others, Pradaxa, Eliquis and Savaysa, all entered in the market in recent years and similarly carry the risk of internal bleeding. Given these risks, doctors have urged patients to make lifestyle changes that could diminish the risk of Xarelto internal bleeding, or similar complications involving other blood thinners. One man from New Jersey tells Philly.com said that’ what made him quit surfing, a pastime he loved but that doctors told him could up his likelihood of hemorrhaging if he hit his head.

Another blood thinner patient said he stopped woodworking because of his proximity to sharp tools that could provoke unstoppable bleeding if he cut himself.

It seems that patients with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes blood clots, must weigh the pros and cons when starting to take Xarelto or another product. Risk the stroke or increase the likelihood of serious internal bleeding episodes?

According to court documents, dozens of Xarelto internal bleeding lawsuits have been filed against Janssen and Bayer and are now centralized in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

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