Uses of Xarelto
Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, is used as a blood thinner to prevent blood clots from forming that was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2011. It is a popular medication after hip or knee replacement surgery or when an individual has irregular heartbeats to prevent strokes. The anticoagulant works by preventing blood clotting proteins from forming. The most common type of blood clot treated with Xarelto is called deep vein thrombosis which can cause pulmonary embolisms.
The side effects of Xarelto range from bruising to immobility or death. The most common side effects of Xarelto include:
- Unusual or continuous bleeding
- Headache or dizziness
- Red or pink urine
- Loss of movement in any part of the body
According to attorneys, Xarelto was recently prohibited from treating acute coronary syndrome due to the associated side effects of the drug. There have also been cases of allergic reactions to Xarelto. Reported cases of this include symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of facial features.
Xarelto is dosed in 10 mg strength tablets. The tablet is generally prescribed to be taken orally once a day with or without food and water. When hemostasis occurs after surgery, the first dose of Xarelto is encouraged within a 6 to 10 hour time frame. The drug differs from most other blood thinners since it does not require blood testing. Coumadin, an older and substantial competitor to Xarelto, also requires dietary restrictions along with routine blood work. The convenience of the medication also came with an increased sticker price that was more than ten times the cost of annual cost of similar drugs.
Bayer and Johnson & Johnson benefit enormously from the drug, receiving about $1 billion from sales worldwide. The successful drug, however, is recently involved in several cases of severe bleeding that have resulted in death. Xarelto manufacturers and the drug itself are now under fire for the unlisted side effects that present a danger to their prescribed patients.