What are the Dangers of Xarelto?

Patients of hip or knee replacement surgeries are often in danger of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). There is a vein located deep within the muscle of the leg that can only circulate blood with movement. If the flow of blood stops due to disuse, there is a chance for clotting to occur, which could lead to cardiac arrest if left untreated. This is why it is recommended that people move around every few hours during long flights in order to prevent DVT.

Another preventative measure against DVT is taking an anticoagulant drug. One of the most popular in the market right now, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, is a blood thinning agent called Xarelto, also known by the name of its most active ingredient: rivaroxaban.

It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and currently worldwide, its sales amount to around $1 billion. However, there are dangerous side effects that have been directly linked with the taking of Xarelto.

One such side effect is finding blood in your urine or having discolored urine. This could mean that your body is trying to tell you that there is something wrong. One cause of this is severe gastrointestinal bleeding, which is one of the more damaging side effects that has been claimed to be caused by taking Xarelto. Other minor side effects include discolored stool as well as muscle weakness. These, too, are symptoms of internal bleeding. Another kind of bleeding that can occur due to Xarelto is brain hemorrhaging.

If a vein in the brain is blocked, it could burst and bleed out onto the brain. This often causes spasms or strokes that could, if left improperly treated, could cause permanent disability or even death. There are no procedures in place that are a direct response to side effects of taking Xarelto and awareness of these side effects of severe bleeding are not made blatantly known to patients taking them.