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By Ben C. Martin | | Posted on May 5, 2015

What is The Anticoagulant Xarelto?

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is part of a new generation of anticoagulants that are more commonly referred to as blood thinners. Anticoagulants are used to stop harmful blood clots that can obstruct the flow of blood to essential organs. Xarelto is supposed to do that – act as a new type of oral anticoagulant that is prescribed in one consistent dose, rather than the previously prescribed does that was specific to the patient. The anticoagulant Xarelto is developed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s New Jersey-based unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and is administered orally.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the anticoagulant Xarelto for multiple uses. One is for patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery in order to reduce the risk of blood clots. Another is for reducing the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (“AF” or “Afib”). Finally, after a fast-track regulatory review, the FDA approved the drug for general treatment of deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”) and pulmonary embolism (“PE”).

What are Anticoagulant Xarelto’s Side Effects?

Xarelto has serious side effects. First, pools of blood could develop inside a patient’s body and lead to considerable health risks. A more severe side effect is uncontrolled bleeding. In such an instance, blood flow to organs that becomes disrupted can cause the organ to lose part or all ability to function. Effected organs include the kidneys, lungs, or brain.

Potential Reactions

There are certain types of patients that doctors recommend not take the anticoagulant medication. Those include pregnant women, and those breastfeeding or considering breastfeeding. Spinal clotting is an issue to individuals who have had back issues in the past or spinal surgery. Additionally, those who have been prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are at an increased risk.

There can be further heightened danger associated with bleeding due to incompatible drug interactions.

WE CAN HELP

If you or a loved one has been prescribed Xarelto, as an anticoagulant or other purpose, contact the Law Offices of Ben C. Martin at (214) 761-6614, or contact us, for a free initial consultation. We are an aggressive, service-oriented firm that offers immediate answers. Call today.