Xarelto® Side Effects
The new drug Xarelto®, a type of blood thinning drug, has many possible side effects. It's prescribed to patients who have a heart problem called atrial fibrillation, or who are undergoing hip or knee surgery. Xarelto®'s purpose is to prevent blood clotting (and thus prevent or reduce the likelihood of strokes, embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis).
The Most Dangerous Xarelto® Side Effect
There is one particular side effect of Xarelto® that is of great concern lately: its likelihood of inducing internal bleeding. This can be a fatal side effect, and when it's not fatal, it can cause devastating damage. Xarelto® is similar to another, chemically related blood thinner drug named Pradaxa®, which is now under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of all the internal bleeding-related deaths among Pradaxa-treated patients.
Other Side Effects of Xarelto®
Other potential side effects of Xarelto® are:
- bleeding that is severe or can't be controlled
- unexpected bleeding, or bleeding that lasts a long time
- menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal
- vaginal bleeding
- bleeding from the gums
- black stools (that look like tar)
- bright red stools (have blood in them)
- coughing up blood and/or blood clots
- feeling dizzy or weak
- frequent nose bleeds
- pain, swelling, or new drainage at wound sites
- red, pink, or brown urine
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- vomiting blood
- bruising easily
Increased Risk of Blood Clots When Xarelto® Is Stopped
The maker of Xarelto® (its generic name is rivaroxaban), Janssen Pharmaceuticals, has described the many possible side effects of Xarelto. For example, in the printed materials that come with the Xarelto® packaging, it states that:
"Xarelto lowers your chance of having a stroke by helping to prevent clots from forming. If you stop taking Xarelto, you may have increased risk of forming a clot in your blood."
Thus, people who are taking Xarelto® for long periods of time may feel that they're in a Catch-22 situation: the drug may be dangerous to take because of the internal bleeding risk, but if Xarelto® treatment is stopped, the risk of blood clotting may be higher than ever.
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