The doctor found blood clots in Grandma's legs and he and a hematologist decided to put her on Xarelto. After reading a bit about it, I'm not sure it's safe. The doctors had been asking about if she was at risk for falling and I answered "no." But I didn't know why they were asking exactly and had I known this medicine can be life threatening in the event of a fall, I would have answered differently. I don't think she's at risk, but she's gotten weak, probably from the DVTs. I don't know if she has or is at risk for pulmonary embolism. She's had a cough with mucus when eating for months. When I first told the doctor months ago, he said it was due to her age and the muscles in the throat not working quite right. He said she's likely aspirating her food when she eats. But now I wonder about that. After starting the Xarelto she complained about being short of breath while walking back from the bathroom - with a walker. She acted like she couldn't make it but she did. Unfortunately, I'm never sure whether I can or should believe half of her complaints because they're not necessarily real. She always says she can't do this or that, but she can. When she asks for help, I usually pretend to help to see if she can do it on her own. Over 90% of the time she can do all these things by herself. So anyway, any opinions on the Xarelto? Should I just leave her on it for the initial 3-4 week course (it changes doses at that point) and then switch to something else? Or should I get her off of it? Or is she safe taking it? I am still assessing whether it's making her moody. She was unusually cranky last night. I'm also questioning if it's affecting her mind or if the recent doctor visits took a lot out of her.