Golfer Arnold Palmer is apparently prone to blood clots and he takes the drug Xarelto to prevent those clots from occurring. Palmer has a reputation as being one of America’s greatest golfers, winning numerous titles dating back to 1955.
He is now 85 and is taking Xarelto to thin his blood. He’s not the only household name to use the drug. Brian Vickers and Kevin Nealon are also using it, according to reports.
Xarelto is a comparatively new blood thinner touted as an alternative to warfarin or heparin. Taking the more established drugs can be difficult because they require dietary restrictions and frequent blood tests to ensure the correct dose is taken. Xarelto, doesn’t require you to change your diet or submit to the constant testing.
If you think that makes Xarelto a win-win, you should think again. In recent years lawsuits have been mounting against the blood thinner that’s manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The most dangerous side effect for people who take Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding and it’s more dangerous than with other blood thinners because the drug does not have an antidote. People who claim to be injured by the drug say they were not warned about its downside.
More than 500 cases are pending in this litigation and the first bellwether trial is slated for Aug. 1, 2016.
If you suffer injury or a loved one has died while using Xarelto, the drug may be to blame. Here are some of the signs that you may have been harmed by Xarelto.
1 The user suffered from intracranial hemorrhage or;
2 Epidural hematoma;
3 Gastrointestinal hemorrhage;
4 Gastrointestinal bleeding;
5 Adrenal bleeding;
There are other potential health side effects of taking this drug which our Virginia Xarelto injury lawyers describe on our website such as brain hemorrhage, low platelet count and wound infection.
If you have been prescribed Xarelto for blood clots, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and the lack of safeguards in taking this drug compared to the traditional alternative. The blood thinner market is a multi-billion dollar industry and the big pharmaceutical companies are more concerned about their bottom line than your health and wellbeing.
Call our Virginia dangerous drugs lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation if you believe you have been harmed by a drug and see our advice about drugs that could cause you serious harm.