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.
- Xarelto Information for Consumers
- Xarelto Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xarelto (detailed)
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