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14 July 2015

Common and Rare Xarelto Side Effects

Xarelto is a new generation anticoagulant drug that is prescribed for preventing blood clot formation.

Normally, it is used to prevent conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can end up leading to the formation of blood clots in the lungs, also known as pulmonary embolism.

Xarelto is also prescribed to people who are suffering from non-valvular atrial fibrillation, which is a form of irregular heart rhythm. Xarelto helps in lowering the risk of strokes and associated blood clots which can be associated with this condition.

As with all prescription drugs, Xarelto should be taken exactly as it is prescribed by your doctor. Xarelto is either taken once or twice a day. The dosage depends upon factors such as age, weight, and the indications for which you are prescribed this drug. It is essential to follow all directions mentioned on drug’s prescription label.

Patients with a Xarelto prescription are typically required to see their physicians regularly to ensure you maintain a therapeutic dosage, while minimizing Xarelto side effects.

Never take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Xarelto can have serious or even fatal side effects. That is why this drug has been involved in multiple Xarelto lawsuits.

Common Xarelto Side Effects

Common Xarelto side effects may include:

  • back pain
  • bloody stools
  • bleeding gums
  • burning skin
  • itchy skin
  • a sensation of crawling skin
  • numbness
  • prickling and tingling sensations
  • bladder or bowel dysfunction
  • dizziness
  • grogginess
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • headache

Rare Xarelto Side Effects

Xarelto has a number of less common side effects that can impact patients. It’s essential that  patients and their loved ones are informed about the many very serious rare Xarelto side effects that exist. In the event you experience one of these side effects, it’s essential that you seek immediate medical attention.

1. Blood Clots

Blood clots are a serious Xarelto side effect that has claimed lives by causing strokes. Notably, this Xa inhibitor blood thinner drug is actually intended to prevent blood clot formation by inhibiting the production of thrombin.

2. Intestinal Bleeding

Among the more serious side effects of Xarelto, intestinal bleeding is a one of the most severe and life-threatening side effects that have been linked to the usage of this drug. Symptoms of intestinal bleeding can include firm and painful abdomen, pale complexion, fainting, extreme tiredness, and bloody, tar-like stool.

3. Brain Hemorrhages

Bleeding on the brain in the cavity between the brain tissue, the dura and the skull — commonly known as brain hemorrhage — has been reported as one of the severe side effects of Xarelto.

Brain hemorrhages on Xarelto can lead to stroke, brain damage and ultimately, death.

4. Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is a relatively common ailment, but when on this anti-coagulant medication, this condition can quickly turn very serious or even fatal. Hospitalization, blood transfusions and other emergency treatment measures are all standard practice for patients experiencing this particular blood thinner side effect.

5. Kidney Bleeding

Kidney or renal bleeding is another one of the most severe side effects of Xarelto. Internal bleeding is very dangerous and it can lead to other health problems as well. This side effect can prove to be a deadly complication.

6. Bleeding Leading to Death

While on Xarelto, internal bleeding can prove to be deadly.

Unlike Coumadin/Warfarin (for which Vitamin K is the antidote) and Pradaxa (which can be reversed through emergency dialysis), there exists no Xarelto antidote or reversal agent. As a result, bleeding while on this blood thinner drug can result in fatal blood loss.

Really serious Xarelto side effects and/or loss of someone you care about may mean that you have a viable legal claim and a chance of financial compensation. But it’s essential to take action now because the statute of limitations places a cap on how long you have to file a legal claim.

Contact The Meldofsky Law Firm for a completely private and no-cost consultation regarding your case or call 877-274-8672.

You may be eligible for financial compensation.

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