When Xarelto Rivaroxaban was approved by the FDA in 2011, the side effects listed on the warning labels were somewhat realistic. Xarelto was touted as a "one-dose-fits-all" medication that would eliminate all of the annoyances that both patients and doctors had to live with. The actual side effects that patients were experiencing are scary.
The industry standard anticoagulant Warfarin requires regular blood testing and dietary restrictions to maintain the effectiveness of the drug. Depending on the results of the blood work, the dosage would have to be adjusted for the drug to remain effective and also be safe for the patient as well.
Anticoagulants do carry a risk when you use them. The main risk with an anticoagulant is bleeding. However, Xarelto lawsuits already filed, are alleging that the potentially deadly side effects were minimized.
Xarelto Side Effects:
Abnormal Liver Function Tests
Collection of Clotted Blood in an Organ, Space or Tissue
Upper Abdominal Pain
Urinary Tract Infection
Accumulation of Blood in Subdural Space Under Skull Bone
Bleeding in the Abdomen
Blockage of Normal Bile Flow
Decreased Blood Platelets
Hemorrhage Within the Skull
Life Threatening Allergic Reaction
Spinal Epidural Hematoma
Stroke caused by Bleeding in the Brain
The proposed benefits of Xarelto became the reasons for the serious side effects. On the surface it sounds great that a patient with AFIB or DVT doesn't have to go through regular blood monitoring to maintain their health and safety, like patients have to do on Warfarin. Initially there were no dietary restrictions mentioned either.
Xarelto was presented to physicians as a "one-dose-fits-all" drug that could be prescribed to patients regardless of age, weight, gender, or any other health and lifestyle factors. However, it was not taken into account that a 180 pound patient would respond differently than a 250 pound patient. Also, younger patients have better renal capabilities at flushing out toxins than older patients. Older patients often experienced severe and even fatal side effects from the "one-dose-fits-all" prescription.