Xarelto & Blood Thinner Medication

Xarelto & Blood Thinner Medication

Xarelto is a blood-thinning medication approved to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke. It is often prescribed to patients after a major surgery.

Xarelto is an anticoagulant that works by suppressing the body’s natural production of thrombin in order to prevent clotting.

 

Xarelto’s Side Effects:

Xarelto is advertised as a more convenient medication than warfarin, however many people have experienced adverse side effects. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required additional language on Xarelto’s warning label to include the risk of bleeding events. One of the problems with Xarelto is there is no antidote, which means the bleeding may not be able to be stopped. Some adverse side effects include:

 

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Internal Hemorrhaging
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Reoperation due to would complications

 

Should I stop taking Xarelto?

Never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your health care provider. Changing your medication could result in severe adverse consequences. In particular, abruptly stopping Xarelto could increase your chances of adverse side effects. You and your doctor should make the decision whether Xarelto is for you.

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