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).
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 potential side effects of Xarelto® are:
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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