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Xarelto attorney notes lawsuits filed against drug makers Bayer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson that claim the drug makers failed to properly inform the public about severe and potentially life-threatening risks associated with the anticoagulant Xarelto (Rivaroxaban). Other affected patients may also be eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuits and seek compensation for their injuries. 

If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, including internal bleeding, contact us for more information about your options. We can answer your questions in a free and confidential consultation. If you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Xarelto attorney who can file a Xarelto bleeding lawsuit on your behalf.


Xarelto is a blood thinner medication that was approved in 2011 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the U.S. by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Xarelto is an anticoagulant that is intended to thin the blood and prevent the development of blood clots. Patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation are often prescribed this medication because it can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. The medication is also used to help prevent blood clots in patients who have undergone knee and hip replacements.

Irregular heart rhythms can cause the blood in the heart to pool and accumulate, creating clots that can move to through the blood vessels to the brain, cutting off oxygen and causing a stroke. Clots that migrate to the lungs, brain, and legs can cause severe health complications, including death.

Since its approval, the medication has been named in hundreds of injury reports tothe FDA. Many lawsuits filed by Xarelto patients, with the help of a Xarelto attorney,claim it is dangerous and defective because there is no antidote to reverse its effectsin the event of severe and uncontrollable bleeding. Xarelto lawsuits also claim thatthe drug makers were negligent in failing to disclose these severe and potentially fatal Xarelto bleeding risks.


Xarelto works as an anti-thrombotic to stop the blood from forming clots. It is often prescribed as the initial course of treatment for patients who need to use a blood thinner for medical reasons. Typically, a person’s body creates blood clots when it suffers injury to prevent excessive bleeding, but some people’s bodies form blood clots abnormally and are at an increased risk of them developing in their blood vessels that can detach and migrate throughout the body.

Patients who undergo knee or hip surgery are also more likely to experience bloodclots as a result of slow blood circulation and immobility. Atrial fibrillation patientsare more likely to develop blood clots in their hearts and blood vessels due toabnormal heart rhythms. Xarelto is often prescribed to these patients to thin theirblood and to prevent unnecessary clotting.

Although the risk of bleeding is a known side effect of blood thinners, patients who have brought lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto also claim that the drug causes a significantly higher risk of potentially fatal hemorrhaging that cannot be stopped or controlled. The drug now comes with warnings about the risk of bleeding related injuries on its label. Some patients claim to have suffered complications from taking Xarelto right after having surgery.

Current lawsuits filed by a Xarelto attorney allege that the drug makers knew that the medication was defective yet continued to market it as a viable alternative to other traditional anticoagulant drugs on the market, such as warfarin. Allegations were made in a representative Xarelto death lawsuit claim that the drug makers:

  • a) Failed to disclose risks of bleeding with Xarelto.
  • b) Deceived the public about the drug’s convenience and benefits to increase sales
  • c) Failed to conduct appropriate clinical trials on the effects of Xarelto on humans before starting marketing efforts
  • d)Concealed their knowledge of the link between Xarelto and bleeding

Unlike other anticoagulants whose adverse effects can be managed with vitamin K, there is no Xarelto antidote. Accordingly, doctors may be unable to stop uncontrollable bleeding, potentially leading to the patient’s injury or death. According to Xarelto bleeding lawsuits, the drug makers were more concerned about making profits than they were about informing the public and doctors about the risks and dangers of bleeding with Xarelto.
Xarelto attorney claims include allegations that the drug makers misled the public bymarketing their product as a superior option to other blood thinner medications onthe market, despite knowledge that it was significantly likely to increase the risk ofsevere internal bleeding. The drug maker also allegedly did not provide adequateinformation to the medical community on how to treat patients who suffer fromserious and potentially fatal complications.Many patients who have allegedly suffered complications from the use of this medication have filed Xarelto lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and BayerHealthcare with the help of a Xarelto attorney. According to these lawsuits, the drugis defective and potentially fatal. Since there is no antidote to Xarelto, patients claimthey have no medical recourse to counteract the adverse effects of the drug toprevent excessive and potentially life-threatening internal bleeding if necessary


Patients allege severe, life-threatening side effects from Xarelto, such as internal bleeding. Among the Xarelto side effects noted by the FDA are the following:

  • Back Pain
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Bloody or tarry stools
  • Problems with bowel and bladder functions
  • Blood in urine
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Dizziness
  • Red, brown or copper colored urine
  • Unstoppable bleeding from cuts and scrapes
  • Excessive bruising
  • Headaches

According to court records filed by a Xarelto attorney, the FDA has received over2,000 reports of severe side effects from Xarelto patients, approximately 1,800 ofwhich list Xarelto as the suspected cause. The deaths of approximately 183 patientshave been linked to Xarelto in reports submitted to the FDA. More severe side effects of Xarelto that have been reported patients’ claims include:

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • GI bleeding
  • Severe leg or ankle swelling
  • Hematoma
  • Hemoglobin reduction
  • Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular complications.

Gastrointestinal bleeding is a severe side effect that has been linked to Xarelto. This condition can happen anywhere inside of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, upper intestine, colon, bowel, and anus. While there are many ways a potential Xarelto GI bleed can be detected, it often requires the use of time-intensive tests that may not be beneficial to a patient who is suffering a severe and life- threatening hemorrhage. Many patients with severe GI bleeds need to receive blood transfusions and ongoing treatment.
If a patient is suffering from a Xarelto GI bleed, his or her symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting blood
  • Abdominal pain
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Faintness, weakness, or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue

If the onset of gastrointestinal bleeding is severe, patients may also experience shock, weakness, shortness of breath, and extremely low blood pressure. Lawsuits allege that the drug makers failed to disclose these severe Xarelto gastrointestinal risks.


The amount of time you have to file a claim or lawsuit varies from state to state. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. If you do not bring a claim against the drug manufacturers before the statute of limitations for your state expires, you will barred from filing a claim against them in the future for any injuries or injustices you or your family may have suffered as a result of Xarelto. It is important that you speak to a Xarelto attorney to learn more about the time you have to pursue a claim for compensation.


Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to make sure that their medications are safe for public use and to inform the public about any adverse reactions, complications, and side effects that may be associated with their medication. If that a drug maker does not fulfill that duty, it can be liable for injuries that may result.

Patients who suffer complications after taking Xarelto, including internal bleeding, may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Damages can include:

  • The extent of their injuries
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

If a patient takes Xarelto and dies from complications, his or her family members may be entitled to wrongful death damages, which may include:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish that can be caused by the loss of a loved one
  • Loss of a loved one’s financial support
  • Medical expenses that can be attributed to bleeding or other injuries

If it is found that the actions of the party at fault were highly reckless, or that malice on the part of the at-fault party may be inferred from their actions, punitive damages may be imposed that are intended to punish misconduct and prevent similar conduct from happening in the future.

Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the drug, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Xarelto attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

For more information, or to be connected with an affiliated Xarelto attorney, contact us today. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at info@xareltotake.com

When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

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