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
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • Leg weakness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • 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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