Xarelto lawsuit litigation claims discuss the alleged side effects and injuries that the drug can cause. Aside from these injuries, patients must be cautious about interactions including over-the-counter meds. No, you cannot take ibuprofen while taking Xarelto. People who take Xarelto must be careful avoid over-the-counter pain relievers because they can cause you to bleed. The medications that must be avoided include:
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Aspirin (unless prescribed by a doctor)
If you need to take a pain reliever, Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be taken, but check with your physician first.
Also, be aware that other over the counter can cause you to be likely to bleed if you take Xarelto. Do not take the following medications –
- Pepto Bismal for stomach aches
- Tagamet and Tagamet HB (cimetidine) for heartburn
- Herbal medications and supplements
Patients who suffer heartburn should consider taking Tums, Zantac, Prilosec, or Pepcid instead.
Anticoagulant medications, also known as blood thinners, are used to prevent blood clots from forming. Xarelto, (rivaroxaban), made by Bayer and distributed by Janssen, was approved by the FDA in 2011 for the treatment and prevention of blood clots in patients who have been diagnosed with a specific type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation and to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients who have surgery for knee or hip replacements. Xarelto does not have an antidote or reversal agent, so some patients who have experienced serious uncontrolled bleeding events are speaking with a Xarelto law firm to learn more about their options.
Patients who take Xarelto may experience some common adverse events, such as small nose bleeds, heavier than normal menstrual bleeding, bruising easier than normal, small cuts that bleed more than normal, and bleeding gums after brushing or flossing your teeth.
Severe adverse events can occur with patients taking Xarelto. If you experience any of the following symptoms of a blood clot you must seek emergency medical attention immediately:
- Severe shortness of breath
- Cough with bloody mucous
- Pain in one leg or arm
- Inability to move one side, or both sides of your body
- Drooping on one or both sides of the face
- Speaking difficulties
- Blurred vision
- Sudden severe headache
- Swelling and change of color of an arm or leg
If you take Xarelto and experience any of the following symptoms of a serious bleeding event, call 911 or seek immediate emergency medical attention –
- Bruising for unknown reasons
- Coughing or vomiting bright red blood
- Severe headache
- Severe stomachache
- Red or dark urine or bowel movements
- A nosebleed or cut that bleeds for 10 minutes or longer
Be aware that patients who use this blood thinner have an increased risk of bleeding events, so certain circumstances can be quite dangerous, including car accidents, a hit to the head, or a serious fall.
Even though people who take Xarelto are not required to have the close monitoring required with other blood thinners like Coumadin, patients who use this drug should be very aware of certain lifestyle changes that include using an electric razor to decrease the chance of being cut, using a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss, wearing non-slip shoes, wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace saying you take Xarelto.