Xarelto is the marketed name of a drug called rivaroxaban which has caused birth defects when taken during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Xarelto is an anticoagulant which is designed to thin the blood but the danger with this drug is that there is no antidote to stop bleeding. This can cause internal hemorrhaging and fatal complications. This drug can also cause embryofetal toxicity.
This drug should not be taken during breast feeding or pregnancy and unfortunately the manufacturer is making money by not warning doctors and mothers of the high risk of taking this blood thinner. Other blood thinners on the market have an antidote that will stop bleeding but this one does not and that has resulted in many deaths.
This drug is often given to help reduce pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis which can lead to strokes but it has actually linked to the very problems it claims to solve. This is a dangerous drug and even more dangerous for people with spinal conditions who have undergone spinal procedures or plan to. It can lead to paralysis in people with spinal problems. Death has occurred from uncontrolled internal bleeding in many patients taking Xarelto because it has no antidote. Many lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of this drug.
The label clearly states that insufficient studies have been done on how this drug affects pregnancies. Due to the amount of reported complications, there is sufficient evidence that this drug is unsafe for mothers.
Bayer is the manufacturer of this product and subject of many lawsuits. The other companies linked to it are Janssen Pharmaceuticals which is a unit of Johnson and Johnson and is marketing the produce. Unfortunately the product is being marketed as better than other blood thinning drugs which is not at all the case. The company made .3 billion in sales off of Xarelto in 2013 alone and they are expected to make more billions of dollars.
This drug is popular among people because compared to the other blood thinners it doesn’t require special diets or testing to monitor dosage. The problem with the ‘one size fits all’ approach is that because people have such different body sizes and issues, they are not being given the correct dosage and so many fatal complications have ensued.
Unfortunately the drug manufacturer has stated on the label that it should only be taken during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risk but it does not warn women and doctors of the very high risks. This is misleading information that doesn’t give the full truth and puts the patients and their children in harm’s way. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it is advised that you do not take this drug but speak to your medical professional about your options.
If you experienced a pregnancy related hemorrhage while taking xarelto, you may be entitled to a lawsuit settlement. If you were not properly warned of the risks, you may be eligible for compensation for medical costs, time away from work and emotional costs to you and loved ones. Speak with a qualified lawyer about your case for a free consultation.