FlintLaw – Xarelto
The Dangers of Xarelto Use
Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) used to prevent clotting in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and to dissolve blood clots in patients with pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis (DVTs).
On June 6, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter citing that Xarelto ads were minimizing the risks associated with Xarelto. Then, in early 2014, the FDA released additional information stating that because there is currently no antidote for Xarelto, patients experiencing any symptoms of bleeding should be evaluated immediately.
Xarelto Side Effects
Xarelto can increase the risk of bleeding, causing serious or fatal bleeding including:
- Stomach/Gastrointestinal bleeds
- Brain/ Cerebral hemorrhages
- Hemorrhagic and other strokes
- Rectal bleeds
- Other internal bleeding
*Never stop taking a drug without first consulting your doctor.