In 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Xarelto. The drug is otherwise known by its most potent ingredient, rivaroxaban. Since then, it has become widely popular, especially for its use to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for patients who had just had hip or knee replacement surgery. Worldwide, its sales are currently up to $1 billion. But there is an unfortunate truth that comes with the drug that has yet to come with its label: the side effects it causes could be lethal.
There have been several cases involving patients who had consumed Xarelto and have suffered many inconvenient and unusual side effects such as skin that has turned too easily bruised or abnormal bleeding from several orifices, muscle weakness, headaches, or severe menstrual periods for women. Other side effects include urine that has turned red, brown, or pink as well as defecating with unusual stool, often brown or black in color with the consistency of coffee grounds.
The more lethal side effects include internal bleeding, especially around the gastrointestinal region. Internal bleeding is, as the name denotes, not easily spotted but its effects are incredibly dangerous. When internal bleeding occurs, surrounding a particular organ, there is a chance that the organ might malfunction or cease from functioning entirely. Xarelto, according to the Williams Kherkher website, has also been linked to brain hemorrhaging, otherwise known as a type of stroke due to an artery in the brain bursting and causing severe bleeding around the tissues, thereby destroying many brain cells almost instantaneously. If left untreated for a prolonged period of time, these side effects could lead to permanent disability or, even worse, death.Read More