How Long Do Patients Need to Take Blood Thinners?

The blood thinner Xarelto has been the subject of several lawsuits around the country, as plaintiffs allege they were either harmed – or lost loved ones – due to uncontrolled bleeding that has been linked to the use of the medication.

One of the main questions many patients have is how long they will need to take Xarelto or another blood-thinning drug.

Different Patients, Different Needs

There are several variables that will determine how long someone will have to continue to take blood thinners. Some will need to take them for life while others will only need them for a few weeks. The main determining factor is the reason there is a risk for developing blood clots.

For example, a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot that typically forms in the legs. If you have been diagnosed with a DVT that was due to a recent surgery, then you may only need to be on blood thinners for about 4-6 weeks. If your doctor believes that you are at a risk of developing new clots (such as if you are pregnant, have a certain type of cancer or have certain genetic factors), you could be on blood thinners for months or even years.

Contact Baron & Budd if You Suffer Complications

If you or a loved one suffers any sort of complication from using the blood-thinning drug Xarelto, please get in touch with the national law firm of Baron & Budd. We will let you know whether or not you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug. Contact us online or call 866-795-8339.

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