I am about to start a medicine which is a blood thinner for atrium fib and I am concerned as to the side effects and change of lifestyle which I may be forced to submit to...
Certainly make yourself familiar with the major side effects in the event they occur, but for the vast majority of users--including me, 1 year+, the benefit is well beyond the risk. Having been on warfarin for 2 years prior to Xarelto, I am a fervent supporter. Not having to worry about diet restrictions and frequent blood tests is a tremendous sense of relief.
For the record, I initially had some headaches and sore muscles, but those side effects disappeared within a couple of weeks or so.
As others have pointed out, the risk of stroke goes up with AFib. That risk is cut approximately in half with use of anticoagulants such as Xarelto. A stroke can cause major disability and inability to care for oneself. Thinking of the implications of that convinced me to go along with my cardiologist's recommendation to use Xarelto. I'm glad I did. The only obvious side effect has been slightly more bruising and slightly longer bleeding from wounds (I'm very active).
The side effects of Xarelto use has to be balanced against the risk of stroke that Xarelto offers protection from. With Xarelto the worst side effect of AFib so far has been the AFib itself, not allowing me to do the vigorous hiking I did before. I still take long daily walks and feel much safer with Xarelto.
My mother was on Xarelto for a few months, and just passed away from a brain hemorrhage. While most of you think that this drug is great, are you aware that if you start to bleed uncontrollably that there is NO ANTIDOTE? With Coumadin the reason you get your blood tested to make sure that your in a therapeutic range, if your result is too high, they give you Vitamin K, with xarelto, it depletes your Vitamin K so therefore nothing can be done to stop the bleeding. I say shut the door on this and go back to something that can be reversed! This is a very DANGEROUS drug.
- Xarelto Information for Consumers
- Xarelto Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xarelto (detailed)
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