• Not only is it important to remember to take the correct dosage of medication at the correct times, but it is also critical to keep up with drug recalls to ensure you’re not at risk for developing serious complications. One of these potentially dangerous medications is Xarelto. There are many reasons why a drug might be recalled, including incorrect packaging information, contamination during processing, or the risk of developing severe side effects. If the latter is the cause of the recall, it is imperative that the person using the drug contact their physician immediately for a replacement option. A few risk factors associated with the above mentioned drug are listed below.
    1. Bleeding

    Because this medication is used for the purpose of anti-clotting, it can cause more severe bleeding in people with bleeding disorders, ulcers or stomach bleeding, high blood pressure, have had a hemorrhagic stroke, or who are taking other blood thinners such as aspirin, heparin, and warfarin. People who have kidney or liver disease are also at risk for complications and should consult their doctor first before using this medication.
    2. Spinal Cord Blood Clot

    Long term paralysis can occur from a blood clot forming on the spinal cord if people take this medication and receive a spinal tap, have a spinal catheter, have a history of spinal surgery, are taking NSAIDs, or are taking other medications to prevent blood clots.
    3. Pregnancy

    It is unknown if this medication will affect an unborn baby, but the risk of bleeding complications during childbirth may increase while on it. It is also not recommended to use this medication while breastfeeding.
    Xarelto is used to treat people with atrial fibrillation, blood clots in legs or lungs, and knee replacement surgery, but should not be used by people with an artificial heart valve or active and uncontrolled bleeding. People who are allergic to rivaroxaban may develop hives, swelling in the face and throat, or have difficulty breathing or swallowing. Other concerning symptoms include easy bruising or bleeding (especially from needle injections), blood in urine or stools, headache, dizziness, feeling faint, coughing up blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical advice from a doctor immediately.
    Without proper research into powerful drugs such as this, some people may develop life threatening complications from use of the drug. Sometimes drug companies fail to clearly alert doctors and patients about the side effects of certain drugs, or sometimes the side effects become apparent or wide spread after the drug is on the market. That is why it is important for patients to do their own research into a particular drug before using to see what the risks are and if it will affect them or not. RecallGuide.org is devoted to informing the public about recalls, warnings, and effects of medications on the market. They keep track of all news and information about prescribed drugs in one convenient site, so patients only have to search one site for information about all their medications. Visit the website today to learn more about the medications in your cabinet.


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