Anticoagulants have had quite a run in the legal arena, mostly because of one thing they all share: the risk of bleeding. Different anticoagulants target different aspects of the coagulation process, but they are all designed to interrupt it to prevent the formation of blood clots. Blood clotting is an important aspect of healing; without this ability, anyone who gets cut or suffers a traumatic event will eventually die from uncontrolled bleeding.

However, blood clots can also pose a health risk if they form because of a chronic medical condition, such as atrial fibrillation. These blood clots can travel through the blood stream and cause blockages, triggering stroke, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulants are prescribed to prevent these events in at-risk patients by controlling blood clot formation.

Unfortunately, anticoagulants can also trigger uncontrolled bleeding that can manifest externally i.e. a wound that will not heal or internally i.e. gastrointestinal hemorrhage. These can lead to serious health complications, even death. The irony is, the newer anticoagulants such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) have no known reversal agent, unlike warfarin which is why it remains the standard anticoagulant for patients that have the greatest risk of uncontrolled bleeding. These risk factors are detailed in

Despite the risks, Xarelto continues to be prescribed because it does not require regular monitoring or changes in the diet which is necessary with using warfarin. There are many types of food that interacts unfavorable with Xarelto. Moreover, Xarelto and contemporary anticoagulants are only taken once a day with no need for constant dose adjustments, so it is convenient. The trade off is that once bleeding starts, there is no reliable way to stop it. The patient has to wait until the drug is purged in the system, which can take several hours.

If you have suffered from uncontrolled bleeding from using Xarelto which resulted in permanent or serious damage to your health, you may be eligible to get compensation. Consult with a recognized product liability lawyer in your area to find out your options.

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