Dangerous Drugs

Xarelto Causes Bleeding

Xarelto, an anticoagulant, is distributed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and quickly rose as a market leader in blood thinners due to the ease of use in comparison to the medical options available at the time. For example, the leading anticoagulant Warfarin required two pills daily and frequent doctor visits to monitor the amount of drug in the blood and prevent bleeding incidents.

Manufacturers of Xarelto advertised the drug to be less of a hassle by not requiring blood tests or constant monitoring by doctors. While the advertising worked to pull patients from similar drugs to the more convenient Xarelto, many patients were experiencing side effects they were not warned about, such as internal bleeding.

Without the frequent blood tests required by other anticoagulants, Xarelto users were suffering an above average occurrence of bleeding incidents. This was made more serious by the lack of antidote for the drug. When an individual taking Xarelto experiences excess bleeding, the patient must wait till the drug leaves the blood system. This process could take up to 24 hours in adult patients.

Types of bleeding that Xarelto is known to cause include bleeding from the rectum, intestinal bleeds, hemorrhaging, and brain bleeding. According to the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, Xarelto is also known for causing fatal gastrointestinal bleeds. The drug was issued a black box warning, the most serious warning given by the FDA, for spinal bleeding. A serious spinal bleed could result in permanent paralysis.

Since Xarelto is a blood thinner without an antidote, cases of excess bleeding when a patient is using the drug are more serious than in other circumstances. Even minor cuts and bruises can cause severe blood loss or internal bleeding incidents. These types of injuries that do not normally require hospital visits, may then require a costly physician’s assistance to treat injuries caused by Xarelto. Furthermore, minor injuries are capable of becoming fatal when internal bleeding goes unnoticed.

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The Severe Harms Caused by Krakodil

The homemade injectable drug, called Krokodil in Russia, is actually a Desomorphine produced from red phosphorus (from strike pads of matchboxes), lighter fluid, hydrochloric acid, paint thinner, gasoline, iodine and codeine. Though easy to produce (through cooking of all named ingredients), this drug is contaminated with many different poisonous and corrosive byproducts, making it highly impure.

Derived from morphine, Desomorphine or Dihydrodesoxymorphine, was invented in the US in 1932; compared to morphine, however, this drug is proven to be more powerful and dangerous. In Russia, Krokodil was introduced only in 2002; it immediately gained popularity due to its swifter destruction of the user’s body, mind and spirit.

Since the liquid (by-product of cooked ingredients) is immediately injected into the body without being purified first, the drug’s effects have included phlebitis or injury to the veins, severe tissue damage and gangrene.

Krokodil actually got its name from the crocodile-like skin the user develops after taking it. If injected into flesh, though, when the vein is missed during injection, it can cause abscess. Amputation has been the solution to save some users from gangrene; in others, however, body parts affected by the drug just rot off, leaving the person’s bones bare.

Those who plan on using krokodil should know that the effects of withdrawing from the drug are much worse than withdrawing from heroin. Unbearable pain can last for a month. Doctors agree that krakodil causes the strongest level of addiction and, among many kinds of drugs, is the hardest to cure.

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