Xarelto lawsuits do not show any signs of dissipating as more and more cases show that users of the drug died from excessive hemorrhaging. Xarelto was developed to be a replacement for Coumadin (also known as Warfarin), a commonly used blood thinner.
Coumadin or Xarelto are prescribed in a variety of situations including the following:
- Blood clots
- Treatment of atrial fibrillation
- Prevention of strokes
- To thin blood if blood vessels are thinning as well
Coumadin works by building up a consistency of blood thinning medication in a person’s blood, eventually rendering their blood thin enough to not be a risk to their health. However, Coumadin users may need to have their blood checked via a finger poke as frequently as daily until a steady pattern of blood thinning has developed.
Xarelto’s draw was that it doesn’t require constant blood monitoring. However, if one begins to hemorrhage in their brain or suffer severe bleeding anywhere else while taking Xarelto, they are very likely to bleed out and may suffer death.
Coumadin, on the other hand, has an immediate antidote. If one suffers severe bleeding while taking Coumadin, they can be given a dose of vitamin K for immediate reversal of the blood thinner.
As patients continue to bleed out from Xarelto, more and more lawsuits are being filed for wrongful death or medical malpractice.