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A few days ago, I was watching my favorite network, “The Food Network” and I saw an amazing commercial that was both educational and frightening. What I observed was a commercial for a drug called Xarelto. The drug is purported to be a suitable pharmaceutical treatment  used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation that is not caused by a heart valve problem. My concern is the commercial sounded more like an infomercial, designed to entice those patients that are currently taking Warfarin. The reality is that there is a limited amount of information on how Xarelto compares to warfarin in reducing the risk of stroke. Xarelto is also used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It has been found helpful in the prevention of future occurrences of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. An additional indication for its use is a reduction of  the risk of clot formation in the legs and lungs of patients that have recently had hip or knee replacement surgery.

After having seen the commercial a few times, I realized that commercial advertisement of this drug is designed for two purposes: the first is to educate consumers that are currently taking Warfarin that a suitable replacement may be suitable for them. A second purpose is begin the grass-roots level of education that must occur as a new drug is being introduced and prescribed.

My concern is that as dental providers we must remain abreast of introduction of new medications that may affect our dental treatment. It remains our responsibility to be knowledgable in the uses, indications and contra-indications of this drug. It should also be understood that new drugs are continuously introduced that will affect our dental treatment.

Please take a look at the prescribing information for Xarelto. To stay abreast of constantly changing medications, consider the addition of an app like Micro-Medix or Medscape. They are both free and can be downloaded to your smart phone, iPad, tablet and P.C. I consider both of these as wonderful resources, each has benefits and disadvantages, but they are wonderful adjuncts.


When your patient says “Yes” to Asthma..

When your patient states on their medical history that they have asthma,some logical questions should include: at what age was your asthma diagnosed? do you know what type of asthma you have? what causes your asthma attacks? have you been hospitalized due to your asthma? when was your last asthma attack? do you carry a […]


What do you think about your Medical History Form?

When you think about your Medical History form what comes to mind? Are the questions on your intake questionnaire designed to extract information about the presence of chronic illnesses, allergies and unusual reactions or negative dental experiences? How much credence do you actually give to that information? Do you use the information as a reason […]


Help your patients understand what role their chronic illness have on their periodontal health

Doctors and hygienists are in a unique and powerful position to educate their patients about the effects of their chronic illnesses on their teeth and periodontal health. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection-putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more frequent and sever infections of […]