Side Effects of Xarelto & What You Need To Worry About
Thankfully, by law, the complications of each drug need to be known by the public. This way, all of the known potential risks associated with the medication is made aware to those consuming it. The first question to ask is: what is it used for? The short answer is that it is an anticoagulant used to prevent blood clots. Click here to learn more about the details of this drug.
It is not recommended to use it if you have active or uncontrolled bleeding, or an artificial heart valve. Those who have undergone spinal surgery, or a spinal defect should also not take this drug, as it can lead to serious blood clots that can result in paralysis.
Xarelto dosing does not alter the complications of the pills, unless you already have an adverse reaction to the medication. As soon as you feel ill after taking this drug, seek assistance from a medical professional. Symptoms such as excess bleeding, or bruising, are general complications of blood thinners. When taking any sort of anticoagulant, make sure to be extra cautions with sharp objects, as bleeding may take awhile to stop.
Xarelto Side Effects: The Complete List Of What You Need To Know
The below is a complete list of problems resulted from regular use. They have not been experienced by everyone who has taken this medication, and come in various stages for different people. Any concerns about these, or any blood thinners, complications should be addressed to your medical professional.
At least 1% of people have reported the following troubles after taking Rivaroxaban. A lot of these are easily managed, and some are only temporary. Speaking to your doctor or pharmacist can assist with controlling some of these Xarelto issues:
- Back Pain
- Bleeding Gums
- Bloody Stool
- Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control
- Sensations of Burning, Crawling, Itching, Numbness, Prickling, or Tingling
- Difficulty Breathing or Swallowing
- Coughing Blood
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Weakened Muscles
- Excess Bleeding From Small Cuts
- Dark Brown Or Red Urine
- Vomiting Blood, Or Coffee Ground Like Substance
Some less common complications include:
Arm Or Leg Pain
There are some issues of not need medical attention and can go away on their own. If these symptoms persist, you must speak to your doctor for further information. Aside from the above, increased use can cause liver damage, compromising its function.
How To Know Whether Or Not You Should Take Rivaroxaban
As mentioned, the troubles listed for Xarelto do not occur for everyone who takes this drug. If you have experienced any of the conditions listed, or are concerned about being afflicted, speak to your healthcare professional. Consult with your doctor before discontinuing use of any medication, including Xarelto. A doctor can also provide you with the information of whether this medication is right for your condition.
Before we can discuss what you need to know more about it. In the following sections we’ll discuss what Xarelto is, what it’s used for, the forms (dosing) the medication comes in, and the side effects of the drug.
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What is Xarelto?
Rivaroxaban, marketed in some countries as Xarelto, is an oral blood thinner developed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It belongs to a class of medications known as Factor Xa inhibitors. In those with non-valvular atrial fibrillation it appears to be effective in preventing nonhemorrhagic strokes and embolic events.
Blood thinners prevent dangerous blood clots from forming, which can obstruct the blood flow to vital organs. Unlike other blood thinners, Xeralto is a new type of oral anticoagulant that’s prescribed in one dose.
What is Xarelto used for?
The Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto for patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots and the risk of strokes in people with AF.
The FDA also approved it for general treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It’s also used to prevent stroke or blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation.
What form(s) does Xarelto/Rivaroxaban come in?
As with any medication it is prescribed in different dosage strengths. These include 10 mg, 15 mg, and 20 mg. The following information will help you distinguish the variances between each dosage.
Some common dosage recommendations based on indication include; 10 mg for 12 days for knee replacement, 10 mg for 35 days for hip replacement, 15 mg twice a day for 21 days, then 20 mg once a day for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, 15-20 mg per day for reducing the risk of stroke in nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation, irregular heartbeat.
If you miss a dose, you should take the missed dose as soon as possible on the same day. Doctors advise their patients to discontinue use for 24 hours before and after surgical procedures.
10 mg – Each round, biconvex, light red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross on one and “10” and a triangle on the other side, contains rivaroxaban 10 mg.Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.15 mg – Each round, biconvex, red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross and “15” and a triangle on the other contains rivaroxaban 15 mg.Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.20 mg – Each round, biconvex, brown-red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross and “20” and a triangle on the other contains rivaroxaban 20 mg.Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.
What are the complications from Xarelto?
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you’re concerned about problems, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.The following problems have been reported by at least 1% of people taking the drug. Many of these issues can be managed, and some may go away over time. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing issues. While these instances can happen while taking Xarelto, they’re also problems of other blood thinners. The most common thing is bleeding. Some people taking the drug suffered minor to fatal bleeding as well as complications from blood loss.Like we said, not everyone will experience these. Some may tolerate it better than others and larger doses may cause more problems. So, while someone taking the drug may experience the problems of Rivaroxaban at 10 mg, the risk of encountering one of these issues increases at 15 mg and 20 mg. A issue from bleeding, additional common complications of Xarelto include: Numb or tingling musclesLoss of ability to control movementAbnormal liver functionReduced platelet levelsHemorrhagingBleeding from the rectumIntestinal or abdominal bleedsBleeding in the brainDifficulty breathing or swallowingBack pain Dizziness Headache Leg weakness Bladder or bowel dysfunctionXarelto is also linked to serious wound infections and leakage. Orthopedic surgeons observed that patients who take Xarelto after hip- or knee-replacement surgery may end up back in the operating room to remove implants and undergo antibiotic therapy for weeks or even months.Other than bleeding, the most reported side effects of Xarelto is liver damage. If the liver function is compromised, it’s possible that the blood levels of this drug could increase because the liver isn’t able to eliminate a sufficient amount of Xarelto from the body.Xarelto and AlcoholWhile there are no clear indications that drinking alcohol while taking Xarelto should be avoided, drinking while under treatment with blood-thinners is generally not recommended. Consuming large amounts of alcohol can influence the blood’s ability to clot, thus intensifying the effects of the blood-thinning medication.
Some of the issues of combining Xarelto and alcohol include an increased risk of internal bleeding, or possible blog clots. It’s best to limit your alcohol intake to no more than two standard drinks per day and avoid binge drinking. If you aren’t sure if you should be consuming alcohol while taking Xarelto, consult your healthcare professional.
If you’re experiencing any of the conditions we’ve talked about, or are concerned for your health, you need to speak with a healthcare professional. Never stop taking medication without first speaking to your doctor so you can learn about alternative options or how to wean yourself off the drug.
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