The Dangerous Effects of Xarelto

Back in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new kind of anticoagulant or blood-thinning drug specifically meant for those that have gone through knee or hip replacement surgery. As these two procedures increase a patient’s risk of thrombosis or abnormal blood clotting, the new anticoagulant drug mitigates this danger through blocking the production of proteins responsible for the formation of clots that are meant to stop bleeding. Xarelto is meant to prevent the formation of abnormal blood clots that can cause strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and other life-threatening conditions.

Through the years, doctors have begun to prescribe the drug to address similar blood clotting issues caused by other medical concerns such as acute coronary syndrome and other cardiovascular problems. Xarelto has quickly become one of the most effective ways to prevent abnormal blood clotting and reduce the occurrence of complications caused by such an incident. By slowing down the production of certain proteins and enzymes, the drug keeps patient safe from experiencing anymore blood clotting complications that might otherwise be typical due to their current health issues.

While Xarelto has proven to be a helpful solution for some patients, it’s important to note that the drug is not without some side effects. In most cases, these side effects are of little cause for concern. Side effects such as frequent nosebleeds and heavier menstrual periods for women are obviously outweighed by the benefits brought about by the medication.

However, recent developments have shown that Xarelto can also have dangerous effects that might complicate a patient’s already fragile condition. As noted on the website of attorneys from the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, a noted number of patients have pursued cases due to the dangerous effects caused by Xarelto. In particular, these patients were found to suffer adverse side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging. In some cases, Xarelto was also found to increase the risk of epidural hematomas and strokes.

Natural Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, are a medical tool used to prevent blood clots from causing strokes and heart attacks. The blood thinners work by inhibiting blood platelets from clotting. While blood thinners are commonly prescribed, there are natural substances that are known to lower blood pressure and work to the same effect as anticoagulants.

Natural food blood thinners fall into four main categories: vitamin E, salicylates, natural antibiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods high in vitamin E help to promote healthy bodily responses. Spinach, kale, almonds, wheat, and vegetable oils are all high in vitamin E and work to thin the blood and encourage healthy blood flow.

Salicylates block vitamin K, a natural coagulant, and increase metabolism. This group of foods is often known as “warming spices” as they commonly raise the body temperature after consumed. This category includes cayenne pepper, curry, oranges, honey, and wine. Aspirin is the bestselling salicylate and used regularly by patients suffering from high blood pressure.

Many foods are natural antibiotics, helping to build immunity and boost health. Some of the most well-known of these include onions, garlic and olive oil. These foods not only help to treat other illnesses, but are linked to thinning blood after regular consumption.

Asian cuisine is known for the high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids it has. In moderation, these fatty acids can carry health benefits that lower cholesterol levels and decrease the likelihood of blood clots. Fish, canola oil, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are all rich in omega-3s. Other natural ways of promoting a healthy cardiovascular system include drinking plenty of water, moderate amounts of alcohol, a consistent exercise routine and sunshine.

While there are several natural ways of avoiding the dangers of blood clots, many individuals still choose to take prescription medication. Xarelto is one such drug that is now found to cause serious bleeding incidents in its patients. While the benefits of a blood thinner may often outweigh the risks, defective medications like Xarelto pose a threat to the public in the frequency and severity of potential side effects.

If you or a loved one was prescribed Xarelto and experienced a bleeding incident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a lawyer in your state to discuss your legal options.

Paxil Withdrawal

One of the biggest controversies associated with Paxil (paroxetine) is the effects of its discontinuation. Paxil is a brand-name for one of the newer antidepressants that included the likes of Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline). These are of the class of psychoactive drugs and antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and they act directly on the brain to bring about neurotransmitter (in that case, serotonin) balance. This is believed to help in stabilizing moods and increasing happiness.

The different types of SSRI have varying degrees of effectiveness as well as kind and severity of adverse side effects. SSRIs are recommended for short-term use only because they are considered habit-forming drugs with serious discontinuation symptoms. It was so common that term was actually coined for it: SSRI discontinuation syndrome.

As much as sexual dysfunction and nausea, developing withdrawal syndrome from the use of an SSRI is a risk patients are willing to take when balanced against the benefits of using the drug. The big problem with Paxil is that manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) aggressively marketed as a non-addictive drug, even taking out television ads that assured physicians and people suffering from major depression that at last there was an effective antidepressant medication that was not habit-forming. That would have been wonderful; unfortunately, it was not true.

Paroxetine is as habit-forming as any of the compounds in its class, and GSK knew it. A government probe into Paxil turned up evidence that GSK systematically downplayed or outright concealed the results of studies that indicated the severity of adverse side effects of Paxil.

As a result of this cover up, lawsuits have been filed against GSK by patients who believed the drug makers claim and suffered severe withdrawal syndrome symptoms as a result. Despite a preponderance of evidence presented to them, GSK continues to deny causation for any of the side effects claimed by patients in lawsuits even as it shells out billions to pay criminal fines, civil penalties and claim settlements.

Unintended Consequences from Medical Supplements

There are many reasons why people take supplements; however, the FDA has recently issues an alert warning for those people who are using testosterone supplements. Although approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), there has been reports of users having increased risks of stroke, heart attacks, and even death. Topical testosterone supplements have been heavily marketed to men who are suffering from lower testosterone levels due to aging, yet the health risks of long term use has not been completely determined.

According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA a link between testosterone supplements and the higher possibilities of heart attacks, death, and stroke. Even after just three years of use, the University of Colorado has determined that user have 30 percent more chances of experiencing stroke or heart attacks. Even more startling, the study also found out that men with otherwise clear and health coronary arteries has just about the same risks of heart attacks and stroke as those who are already suffering from coronary artery disease.

This has been the reason why there is an increase of testosterone supplement lawsuits, as the findings has alerted various consumer advocacy organizations in persuading the FDA to require the manufacturers of these testosterone supplements to issue a black box warning to help inform users of the potential health risks that they may experience when using the products.

Additionally, this is not the only medication that has been known to cause serious and life-threatening side effects to their consumers. As stated on the website of Williams Kherkher, users of Januvia (a prescription medication used by patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes) has also reported to have increased risks of getting pancreatitis or pancreatic duct metaplasia. These are both serious and life-threatening side effects that could be prevented through proper information. Because of this negligence on the part of the manufacturer, patients can file a lawsuit against them to cover for the injuries and damages that the prescription drug has caused. Just as with Januvia user,s those who have used testosterone supplements and have experience serious side effects have the right to sue for negligence.