Patients who use the blood-thinner Xarelto can develop severe gastrointestinal bleeding, which includes stomach bleeding. Lawsuits have been filed by people who accuse drug-makers of failing to warn about this risk.
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Kentucky Woman Files Xarelto Lawsuit
February 2014 — A woman from Kentucky who nearly died from uncontrollable bleeding after taking Xarelto has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer.
The plaintiff, Virginia Stuntebeck, started taking Xarelto in July 2012 for atrial fibrillation. In February 2013, she was hospitalized with severe internal bleeding that doctors had trouble stopping.
According to her lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas:
“Defendants concealed their knowledge that Xarelto can cause life threatening, irreversible bleeds … Defendants did not properly warn of the irreversible nature of Xarelto in the ‘Warnings and Precautions’ section of the products warning label.”
Xarelto and Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Xarelto is rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative to warfarin. The ROCKET AF clinical trial found that gastrointestinal bleeding occurred in 3.1% of Xarelto patients vs. 2% of warfarin patients. However, results were based on defective INR-testing devices that may have skewed results against warfarin.
Xarelto Doubles Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding
In April 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study linking Xarelto to a doubled increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding compared to warfarin. Results were based on data from 50,000 people in the United States who used Xarelto, Pradaxa, or warfarin between 2010 and 2012.
What is the problem?
Although bleeding is one of the most common side effects of Xarelto, there is limited evidence on how to manage gastrointestinal bleeding. Unlike warfarin, which can be reversed with a dose of Vitamin K, Xarelto has no easy antidote.
What is Gastrointestinal Bleeding?
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding refers to bleeding anywhere along the digestive tract. It may involve the upper GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestines. Bleeding can also occur in the lower GI tract, including the small intestine, large intestine, bowel, rectum, and anus.
- Dark, tarry stools
- Increasing amounts of blood passed from the rectum
- Blood in the toilet bowl, on toilet paper, or streaks on stools
- Vomiting blood (may be bright red or look like coffee grounds)
Diagnosis & Treatment
Finding the location of a GI bleed is challenging, but there are many sophisticated tools and minimally-invasive technologies that can usually locate the problem. Doctors may need to perform a procedure called an endoscopy or a colonoscopy. Certain tools can also stop bleeding by burning (coagulating) blood vessel or abnormal tissue. Patients may need to stop taking Xarelto while they are monitored in a hospital. If a large amount of blood is lost, the patient may need a blood transfusion.
Resources & Additional Information
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding — National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Practical Management of Bleeding due to Xarelto — Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (2013)
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