Recognizing the Dangerous Effects of Blood Thinners
Anticoagulants are a powerful way to prevent blood clots and stroke in atrial fibrillation patients, as these medications work by increasing blood flow within a patient’s body. However, these medications can also cause severe internal bleeding events which can lead to a number of serious and potentially fatal health complications. When prescribed an anticoagulant medication, it is important that patients fully understand the serious and dangerous side effects. Being knowledgeable of the risks associated with medications such as Xarelto can help a patient or their loved ones to identify the signs of severe internal bleeding events before it is too late.
Being able to identify the symptoms associated with an internal bleeding event can make it easier to seek medical care in a timely manner. Patients and their families should note the following indicators, as they may be a sign that a patient is experiencing a severe bleeding event:
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Intense head pain, vision impairment, and/or confusion
- Substantial nosebleeds
- Blood in the urine
- Unexplained or abnormal bruising that does not heal
- Severe weakness or dizziness
Identifying the early stages of a bleeding event is one of the most effective ways to help prevent further complications. Though there is not yet an available antidote for Xarelto and related medications, doctors may be able to manage a patient’s internal bleeding. If you find that you may be experiencing the symptoms of a severe bleeding event, it is important that you contact a medical professional immediately.