My husband developed rash when he was on Pradaxa. It went away as soon as he stopped. He has now been on Xarelto 20Mg about three weeks and the similar rash has started. His back is full of small red spots that itch and his upper chest front seems red and itchy. Could this go away with time or will it just get worse as it was the case of Pradaxa?
29 Sep 2015
I was diagnosed with AF 4 years ago and put onto warfarin. My compliance was good with INR tests done every month at least. The tests only needed finger pricks and were convenient and costless to me. Over the next two years I slowly developed unsightly red rashes on my shins that were not itchy but sensitive to sunlight. I also had very occasional itchy hives on arms and legs, which I had never had before. All of which I attributed to Warfarin.
Two years ago I moved to a location where IV blood was required for INR and testing was costly and inconvenient so I reluctantly went onto Xaralto with much trepidation. No means of monitoring coagulation times, no antidote for overdose, 'the same dose suits every body in the world' and blessed by a GP who said 'trials by drug co. look good' All the hallmarks of a ripoff, but I moved to the magic dose (20mg/day) anyhow. During the first few months bleeding from minor cuts, frequency of minor nosebleeds and bruising seemed (surprisingly) about the same as under warfarin so I continued. No reduction of rashes or sunlight sensitivity. A test double dose led to nosebleeds that were uncomfortably long, too much bleeding from minor cuts and excessive bruising ... At least the stuff showed clear anticoagulant effect. So I have stuck with the magic pill and its magic dose since.
But the rashes and hives have gotten much worse. I now have the pimply (non-acne) back just as you described ... But no one to scratch it. Rashes now extend all over lower legs and are encroaching above knee level. All itch spasmodically but the itch is easily controlled by any cheap moisturiser. Hives are much now more frequent and, though controlled in the same way, sometimes require getting up at night to apply lotion.
In the last 6 - 8 months I have developed red patches on my inner thighs that look mighty like psoriasis. Others seem to be starting on my upper arms. None weep or itch unless a hive pops up nearby, which the lotion fixes. But they look like the pox so no short pants or public swimming. So I'm off to a dermatologist to get an opinion on psoriasis and its likely spread under the X-type anticoagulants - hoping to be surprised to find a guy who knows the literature. I'd rather not have pox-like blotches showing above the collar or below the shirt cuffs. Return to warfarin is real option, even if I buy my own finger prick test gadget and have to give up vitamin K stuff - spinach and the like.
Hope this helps. (BTW I am also betting on daily aerobic exercise to reduce likelihood of clots from my AF, though there is little in the literature of any value supporting this.)
29 Dec 2014
In May of 2013 I had a dvt in my left, lower leg. I was put on Xeralto immediately. Within a month or so, I developed a rash in both lower extremities.
Per my doctor's approval, I stopped taking Xeralto a year ago, but the rash I had at that time is still present, but only in the upper area of the same leg as the dvt. A dermatologist also examined me a year ago and indicated that she has seen quite a few patients who had rashes attributed to blood clots. The steroid cream she prescribed didn't work. Only an over the counter benidryl like salve helps, but the rash shows no sign of going away. Note, I stopped taking Xeralto because my body recovered from the clot. I take no such medications now. Although I am seventy, the only medication I take is percoset, infrequently and unrelated to the blood clot. I do feel that the rash is related to the Xeralto, but have no proof.
22 Apr 2013
My mom has a rash of small red spots on her back that itch intensely. She is on xarelto. Did you find any more information about the possible cause of this? Did your husband find a remedy, or have to switch drugs?
Please let me know of any information you have. Thanks in advance!
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