Alcohol and Xarelto Interaction and Side Effects
When you take any medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, it’s extremely important to speak with your physician or pharmacist about possible warnings, side effects, and interactions that medicine may have with other substances.
A commonly prescribed medication that a lot of people have questions about is Xarelto. Xarelto is a blood thinner, but people tend to have questions in particular about alcohol and Xarelto. Are alcohol and Xarelto interactions and side effects possible and if so, what are they?
The following is an overview of Xarelto, and it goes into detail about alcohol and Xarelto interactions and side effects.
Xarelto blocks certain proteins that cause clotting in your blood.
If Xarelto causes too much of an impact on blood clotting proteins, it can lead to serious bleeding. Signs of this may include pain, swelling or discomfort that is new or unusual, extreme bruising or prolonged bleeding from cuts, nosebleeds, heavy or long menstrual flow, or urine that’s pink or dark in color.
Other side effects you should speak to your doctor about include severe headache, problems swallowing, coughing up blood, vomit that looks bloody or extreme tiredness or weakness.
Before taking Xarelto, you should let your doctor know any other medicines or supplements you’re taking and your medical history. There are certain conditions in which your doctor might not advise you to take Xarelto, for example, if you have a history of liver or kidney disease or bleeding problems.
You should also let your doctors and dentists know if you take Xarelto before having a procedure of any kind.
So what should you know about alcohol and Xarelto? What are the possible alcohol and Xarelto interactions and side effects?
According to the company that manufacturers this medicine, there are no specific alcohol and Xarelto interactions and side effects to be aware of, but most doctors will recommend that patients don’t drink or strictly limit their alcohol intake while taking blood thinners.
Researchers and doctors aren’t fully aware of how blood thinners and alcohol interact with one another, but we do know that drinking a lot of alcohol while on a blood thinner can cause problems with how your blood clots. Alcohol is an anticoagulant just like blood thinners, so the interaction between the two could mean that your blood doesn’t have enough clotting capability.
One of the primary alcohol and Xarelto interactions and side effects to be aware of is the risk of a major bleeding accident. Even drinking without taking Xarelto can raise the risk of internal bleeding, while heavy drinking increases the chances of both blood clots and bleeding.
Physicians tend to recommend that people drink no more than two drinks per day, based on standard serving sizes.
Something else to think about that can be an indirect alcohol and Xarelto interaction and side effect is the fact that alcohol alters your perception and your coordination. When you’re drinking, you may be at a higher risk of being in a serious accident, and if you’re on a blood thinner, it could lead to uncontrolled bleeding.
Finally, another alcohol and Xarelto interaction and side effect to consider is the fact that both substances are processed by the liver, and if your body is focused on breaking down alcohol, it may lead to a buildup of Xarelto in your system, which also increases the risk of bleeding.
Regardless, it’s not recommended that you drink any more than two, standard size drinks a day if you’re on Xarelto, and even moderate drinking can increase your chances of a bleeding event.
There is also the potential for other side effects with alcohol and Xarelto, including the increased risk of getting in an accident while drinking that could lead to serious bleeding, or the inefficiency of processing the Xarelto that can happen when you’re also drinking, leading to a buildup of the medicine in your system.
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