Millions of people worldwide rely on pharmaceuticals to manage health conditions and pain. We all trust the manufacturers of these medications to make their products in a safe manner and be clear about any and all possible side effects. Sadly, according to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, sometimes mistakes are made and people are harmed. Bextra and Xarelto are two of these drugs whose manufacturers made a mistake.
Bextra is an antiflamitory, nonsteroidal drug that is used to alleviate pain. The benefit to Bextra over other painkilling medications is that Bextra causes less stomach irritation. It was most commonly used to alleviate the pain associated with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis since it also works to reduce inflammation, but it was also used to treat painful menstruation in women.
However, it was found that taking Bextra increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. Bextra can also cause Stevens-Johson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrosis. Both are skin reactions that result in a painful red rash that can be accompanied by blisters and a mucous membrane. These reactions can cause life-long disability and deformation, and in more serious cases, death.
Xarelto is an anticoagulant drug that was most commonly given to patients who had received a hip replacement. It was meant to prevent the development of deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a vein deep within the body. These clots have the ability to break away and make it to the heart, where they can become lodged and cause a heart attack or life long damage.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the main side effect of Xarelto is gastrointestinal bleeding. However, it can also cause the patients to vomit blood, have painful/bloody urine, have blood in their stool, and can even cause brain hemorraging, which can be deadly.