How Xarelto Can Affect Your Health in the Short-Term
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner that’s given to patients that may be at risk of experiencing a blood clot. It can be used to prevent a variety of medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, which consists of a large blood clot in the legs, pulmonary embolism, the blockage of a blood vessel in the lungs, or atrial fibrillation, which refers to an irregular heart rhythm and may lead to stroke.
Simply put, if you have been prescribed Xarelto by your doctor, then you are at risk of experiencing a blood clot for one reason or another. While Xarelto has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration and is generally considered a safe drug, some unfortunate side effects can occur. If you or someone you know is taking Xarelto or is considering taking the drug, take a moment to learn about all of the potential side effects.
Measuring the Effects of Xarelto in the Short Term
Xarelto has proven to be most dangerous in the short-term. The most serious side effect that’s been associated with Xarelto is some type of bleeding complication. This usually means that the patient has had to go to the emergency room and has been instructed to stop taking Xarelto. Anyone that’s undergone a recent surgery such as a knee surgery or back surgery may experience a blood complication shortly after taking Xarelto. This is more likely to occur if the patient is also taking other medications that can affect blood flow, including aspirin or some other type of anticoagulant.
If the patient is not taking other medications that affect blood thickness and they have not undergone surgery in the past few months, their chances of experiencing a blood complication are slim to none. However, that doesn’t mean that a patient will be entirely side effect free in the long-term.
Patients taking Xarelto after having surgery are also at risk of suffering from internal bleeding. These episodes of internal bleeding tend to be severe and incurable until the drug leaves the body. Xarelto stays in the body’s system for 24 hours. Patients experiencing abdominal pain, lightheadedness, or dizziness should go to the emergency room immediately and remain under medical supervision until the drug has left their system and the internal bleeding subsides.
When in Doubt, Consult Your Doctor
It’s also important to note that taking Xarelto can lead to other side effects that have not yet been reported to the medical community. The effects of continuous Xarelto usage have not been studied extensively and can be difficult to track. If you experience a side effect that has not been covered above, you should report the issue to your doctor for further analysis. They may reduce your dosage of Xarelto or take you off the drug all together.
There have been several Xarelto lawsuits in the past few years, citing the side effects listed above. If you’re currently taking Xarelto or have taken it in the past and have experienced one or some of these side effects, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Contact McEwen Law Firm today for a free consultation.