Tips for Patients Taking Xarelto or Other Blood Thinners
If you have been prescribed Xarelto (rivaroxaban), Coumadin (warfarin), or any other anticoagulant or blood thinner, be aware that you’re taking a potentially dangerous drug. Use of blood thinning medications can have serious and even deadly side effects. If you have suffered adverse side effects or lost a loved one due to the use of a blood thinner, you need to contact a Xarelto injury attorney.
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Side Effects of Xarelto
The esteemed Mayo Clinic has reported the following adverse side effects associated with using Xarelto or other blood thinners:
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Back pain
- Bleeding gums
- Bloody stools
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles,” or tingling feelings
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
- Leg weakness
- Red or dark brown urine
- Vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Helpful Tips if You’re Taking Xarelto or Other Blood Thinners
If you are using a blood thinner, we’ve found some steps to take to avoid injury and discomfort. These include:
- If you accidentally miss a dose, call your doctor. Don’t take a double dose of your medication to make up for the one you missed.
- Be careful when exercising or doing other physical activities (hiking, yard work, etc.)
- If your doctor approves activities like skiing or biking, wear a helmet.
- Avoid rough contact sports or situations that may lead to bruising and cuts.
- Wear protective gloves when using sharp instruments like scissors, knives, etc.
- Use an electric razor to avoid cuts.
- Wear shoes whenever possible.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet and keep a list of medications you are taking in your wallet.
- If you fall or bump a body part hard enough to start a bruise, call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
- Make sure any doctor who treats you, dentists included, knows that you are taking a blood thinning medication.
- Use a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss, and don’t brush and floss too vigorously.
- Check with your doctor before taking any over the counter medications, vitamins, or supplements (including painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen). Even everyday products like Pepto-Bismol can cause bleeding.
- Ask your doctor if it’s safe to drink alcohol.
- If you can’t eat for several days or experience lengthy bouts of diarrhea or vomiting, call your doctor.
Even if you follow these tips about using a blood thinning medications, you can still suffer serious adverse side effects. If this happens, you need to consult a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
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