There are many reasons why your physician may want to prescribe you a blood thinner (anticoagulant), including treatment and prevention of blood clots, heart disease, stroke prevention, and more. There are different blood thinner options on the pharmaceutical market from which your doctor may choose the right one for you, though the two most commonly used blood thinners are Xarelto and warfarin. Both drugs have potential benefits and side effects, however, in recent years, many patients have suffered highly harmful effects from taking Xarelto. This leads to the question: why do doctors keep prescribing this drug despite the harmful risks?
To understand why a physician would choose Xarelto over warfarin, you must examine the pros and cons of each drug:
Warfarin – Doctors first prescribed warfarin for human patients in the 1950’s and the major brand of the drug was Coumadin. Warfarin works by blocking vitamin K1 levels that cause blood clotting, however, the dosage of the drug must be highly individualized. After a patient begins taking warfarin, they must be closely and regularly monitored in order to adjust dosage if necessary to prevent uncontrollable bleeding. Should a bleeding event occur, doctors can administer vitamin K to reverse the effects of warfarin.
Xarelto – In modern society, everyone is busy and wants as much convenience as possible. Pharmaceutical companies introduced Xarelto as a blood thinner that was as effective as warfarin without the hassle of constant monitoring and dosage adjustments. Patients take a standard dose of Xarelto only once a day – making this the drug of choice for many physicians and patients. However, unlike warfarin, Xarelto prevents clots by inhibiting Factor Xa.2 The problem with this is that there is no known antidote if a bleeding event does occur. For this reason, many people are suffering serious and even fatal injuries from uncontrollable bleeding.
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If your doctor prescribed you Xarelto because of the convenience factor and you suffered serious injury due to the lack of an antidote for the drug, you should discuss your legal rights with a highly experienced Xarelto injury lawyer as soon as possible. Many legal claims have been filed against Xarelto manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and you should not hesitate to learn how you can hold these large pharmaceutical companies liable for your Xarelto-related injuries and losses. Please call the Xarelto lawyers at McEwen Law Firm – US Drug Lawsuit at 651-224-3833 for help today.