Xarelto is a blood-thinning medication that is supposed to prevent blood clots. Instead, report indicates that blood clots are actually one of the more common side effects, especially after hip or knee replacement surgery.
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Xarelto and Blood Clots
Bleeding is the primary concern surrounding Xarelto, but there is a growing amount of evidence linking it to blood clots.
In October 2012, the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP) published a report about the risk of blood clots from Xarelto. Researchers analyzed adverse events in the FDA database and linked Xarelto to 356 serious, disabling, or fatal injuries in the first quarter of 2012.
This study suggests that Xarelto may not be effective at preventing blood clots in certain patient populations. This is very concerning, considering that it is supposed to prevent blood clots. According to the investigators:
“The largest identifiable category was serious blood-clot-related injury — most frequently pulmonary embolism — the very events rivaroxaban is intended to prevent. … These thromboembolic events with rivaroxaban occurred in younger patients (median age 66 years).”
Blood Clots in the Legs (DVT)
Patients who have had hip or knee replacement surgery must remain in a hospital bed for many hours a day, until they have healed enough to walk. During this time, they are more likely to develop blood clots inside deep veins in the lower leg — also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Symptoms of DVT may include:
- a warm sensation
- pain in your calf when you stretch your toes upward
- a pale or bluish discoloration
Blood Clots in the Lungs (Pulmonary Embolism)
To prevent blood clots, most patients are prescribed a blood-thinning medication as a prophylaxis. This helps reduce the risk that a piece of the blood clot will break loose, travel in the bloodstream, and get stuck in the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism. Symptoms may include:
- clammy or bluish skin
- chest pain that may extend into your arm, jaw, neck, and shoulder
- irregular heartbeat
- rapid breathing
- rapid heartbeat
- spitting up blood
- weak pulse
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