Xarelto, also referred to by its generic name, Rivaroxaban, is a fairly new anticoagulant or blood thinning drug that helps reduce the risk of blood clotting in a number of medical conditions and scenario. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the drug was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 2011 for the use hip replacement patients to reduce the chance of their developing a common blood clotting complication called deep vein thrombosis. Since then, the drug has also been approved for plenty of other uses like preventing strokes and pulmonary embolisms.
The use of Xarelto has proven to be an effective way to prevent the threat of blood clots. It has been so particularly helpful for millions of patients that its manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have generated billions of dollars in sales revenue. However, despite the drug’s popularity, there have also been reports pointing to dangers and side effects that could potentially be harmful to patients. In fact, there have been several reports of the drug causing fatal conditions on a number of patients.
Xarelto can cause a number of unwanted consequences. Some of the most alarming side effects include the following:
- Unexpected and uncontrollable bleeding
- Urine and stool discoloration
- Vomiting of blood
- Allergic reactions
- Severe headaches, fatigue, and dizziness
- Pain, swelling, and drainage in wound sites (following surgery)
- Liver failure
- Brain hemorrhage
This is particularly alarming because patients taking the drug are looking to reduce their risk of serious medical conditions. They might not be aware that the drug can also be causing unforeseen effects that could cause more irreparable harm to their health. Patients experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms should contact their physicians and seek immediate medical attention.