Is Taking Xarelto Bad for My Health?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto in 2011 as a preventative measure against deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for people who have just had hip replacement surgery. Deep vein thrombosis can occur when you do not move your leg for a certain amount of time as the “deep vein” in question is stimulated by movement. If the blood were to clot in the vein, it could have devastating effects like strokes. This is why it is advisable for people on long haul flights to walk around every few hours or so in order to avoid DVT.

The drug has been popularly used as its sales worldwide currently amount to $1 billion. However, there are some repercussions to the drug as there are several claims (some that have even resulted into a Xarelto lawsuit) that state that their having had taken Xarelto has caused severe gastrointestinal bleeding.

The complaints regarding the drug have been that, after they’d taken it, their skin would suddenly become too easily bruised or that there would be abnormal bleeding happening from different orifices on the body. Other complaints include muscle weakness or headaches. Some women have stated that the drug has also caused for them to have severe menstrual periods, which can be especially dangerous if the woman in question were anemic.

Gastrointestinal bleeding can be a fatal thing if not immediately detected and, unfortunately, the signs can be rather difficult to spot. Gastrointestinal bleeding is, after all, a kind of internal bleeding and there are no immediate ways in order to tell that one is suffering from such a malady. But picture this: your heart is suddenly surrounded with excess blood, therefore blocking the flow, and stilling the organ’s movement. If the condition is to be left untreated, this could cause permanent disability or even fatality.

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