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Side Effects

While Xarelto is intended to help reduce the risk of blood clots and the risk of stroke in people with certain conditions, Xarelto can also have serious, life-threatening consequences. As such, any person taking Xarelto should be aware of these side effects. The most common side effects are uncontrollable bleeding and spinal or epidural blood clots.

Uncontrollable Bleeding

One of the most common—and also possibly serious—side effect of taking the drug Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding. Patients taking Xarelto are more likely to bruise and it may take longer for bleeding to stop. In certain situations, Xarelto may cause uncontrollable bleeding that leads to death.

It is important to be aware that taking certain medications with Xarelto may increase a patient’s risk of bleeding. These drugs include:

  • Aspirin or aspirin containing products
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Warfarin sodium (Coumadin®, Jantoven®)
  • Medicines containing heparin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
  • Other medicines to prevent or treat blood clots

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Spinal or Epidural Blood Clots

While Xarelto can be taken orally, another method is to have the drug injected into a patient’s spinal or epidural area, or have a spinal puncture. When administered through injection, patients are at risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent paralysis. What is more, a patient’s risk for developing spinal or epidural blood clots is higher if the patient:

  • Has an epidural catheter placed in one’s back to give certain medication
  • Takes NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
  • Has a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
  • Has a history of spinal problems or has had spinal surgery

Possible symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots include back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or loss of control of the bowels or bladder.

Other Common Adverse Side Effects

In addition to the side effects listed above, patients taking Xarelto have reported a variety of other side effects. It is recommended that a patient contact one’s doctor if the patient develops any of the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Discolored urine or stool
  • Coughing up blood or blood clots
  • Headaches, feeling dizzy or weak
  • Pain, swelling, or new drainage at wound sites
  • Yellowness of the skin
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Muscle spasms
  • Itching
  • Fainting

Importantly, this is not a complete list of the side effects that may be caused by Xarelto. As such, other side effects should be monitored and reported to one’s doctor.

If you have suffered damages as a result of Xarelto side effects, don’t hesitate to contact a Xarelto attorney. A lawyer can help you file a Xarelto lawsuit within the statute of limitations to ensure you are able to recover compensation.

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