It was prescribed after a lung embolism
On Sept 2nd, 2014 I went into a bad AFIB. I was running 140 BPM. The next day after being on Cardizem for a day and not converting back to sinus rhythm, I had a single cardioversion shock. It worked. I was prescribed generic Lopressor and the 20 mg. Xarelto. So far eveything OK after 30 days. Xarelto is now the goto drug to prevent strokes and clots. It is safe as long as you don't take any NSAIDs like aspirin or Aleve. I was told I can use Tylenol for pain because its not a blood thinner. Obviously no heavy drinking with Tylenol because it causes liver failure. With my insurance I pay $45 a month for 30 Xarelto. If you get nose bleeds, bloody urine or tar like stool see Doc immediately. YOU CANNOT JUST STOP TAKING Xarelto. Must see Doc or major risk for stroke. All alternative meds cost about the same. Taking Warfarin (Coumadin) is cheaper but MUCH more involved and risky.
Yes it is according to the trials that the FDA reviewed to approve the drug. Xarelto was considered superior to Warfarin for some indications. The issue with Warfarin is that you may not be coagulated or that you may be over coagulated. Staying in the range can be difficult. Are you seeing a cardiologist and hematologist?
Do yourself a favor and seriously find another drug to take. My mom was taking this drug for AFib for 5 months. She went to the Dr's one morning and she was doing great he said she looked better than she had in months. My daughter found her unresponsive that night on the couch with my 3 grandchildren. She was only alone for 10 minutes prior to her being found. She called 911 and was brought to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage. She passed away 2 hours later. There is nothing they can do to stop a bleed while taking Xarelto. They couldn't drain the blood that was pressing her brain into her skull. There are 151 confirmed deaths on this drug though that doesn't sound like a lot its enough to want this drug off the market. They say you don't need to get your blood tested but seriously wouldn't you want to know how thin your blood was getting. I regret that I didn't have my mom taken off this drug and now I need to live with her death.
Please do yourself and your family this favor and look into a blood thinner that is monitored. I will get this off the market in honor of my mother.
My brother-in-law was prescribed xarelto 7 months ago for a clot in his leg. He suffered a fall 10 Days ago, and died 2 days later. His spleen lacerated and he went into cardiac arrest because they could not stop the bleeding. There is no monitoring protocol for it, and no antidote. If you are on it you can't abruptly stop it without risking a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism. It is a terrible and dangerous drug, and should never have been approved without safeguards in place. I pray no other patient or family has to endure what my brother-in-law and our family has.
I have been on Xarelto 20mg since November 2013. I was in the hospital for 2 PE's (both sides) and 3 DVT's. I didn't start taking it until I left the hospital, but I was on it for 30 days after the hospital and was told I wouldn't need it anymore. 60 days later developed another DVT and was back on it. I have used it since to this day. every 3-4 months my blood is drawn to monitor that and other issues. I will say I haven't had any side effects from the drug. I am very careful of falling, bruising, cuts, etc. I still seem to clot pretty good from clots, but notice that they take longer to heal, including bruises. I am also a low level diabetic, so that could be some of the healing issues also. I haven't drank any alcohol since taking the Xarelto. I have had to stop it for a few days because of getting hip injections. Surgery soon. When I started taking it, Bayer said that once you are on it, the copay was covered for life.
So far so good on that one too. I am thankful that I have not had any problems since being on it. My doctor does insist the lab work all the time. I haven't taken the chance of drinking alcohol. I would love a beer, but my life has higher priority.
- Xarelto Information for Consumers
- Xarelto Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xarelto (detailed)
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