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The Inherent Dangers of Blood Thinners

Rick Plezia March 30, 2016 Dangerous Drugs

Blood thinners have been around since the 1950s, and although they have saved many lives, they come with inherent dangers that all patients should be aware of.

What Are Blood Thinners?

Blood thinners or anticoagulants, are a class of medications that are designed to prevent the coagulation of blood, mostly commonly seen as blood clots. All parts of your body require blood flow, but blood flow to the brain and the heart are particularly important. Some people are at a higher risk for suffering heart attacks and strokes, and they take blood thinners to reduce these risks.

Risks Associated With Blood Thinners

Because blood thinners are designed to prevent the blood from clotting, these medications pose a risk of excessive or uncontrollable bleeding. A small cut on your finger could lead to a very serious injury if you’re on a blood thinner. Additionally, patients run the risk of internal bleeding. This is particularly dangerous because the signs of internal bleeding might not be visible until some time after the injury.

Some blood thinners have antidotes that can quickly reverse their effects in the event of a bleeding event or injury. However, some blood thinners like Xarelto have no quick or reliable way to reverse their effects. While supportive care can be administered, without an antidote, hundreds of patients taking Xarelto and other anticoagulant medications have suffered from uncontrollable bleeding and even death.

If you are taking a blood thinner, whether it has an antidote or not, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of an uncontrolled adverse bleeding event:

  • Exercise extreme caution when participating in any physical activity
  • Take your prescription exactly as it is prescribed
  • Don’t take any medications that could increase your risk of bleeding like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Don’t take any dietary supplements before talking with your doctor first, as some of them may contain vitamins that increase blood thinning

Seeking Compensation for Xarelto Injuries

Blood thinners like Xarelto can be extremely dangerous for certain patients. If you or someone you love experienced an uncontrollable bleeding event or another injury while taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced dangerous drug attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates to discuss your potential claims.