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Xarelto Medication Information

Xarelto is an oral blood thinner developed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals. This anticoagulant has been approved by the FDA for patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Xarelto also appears to be effective in preventing nonhemorrhagic strokes and embolic events.

Xarelto uses also include preventing or treating a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to blood clots in the lungs. A deep vein thrombosis can occur after certain types of surgery.

This website was built to answer the question, ‘what is Xarelto used for’ and to explain the medication information specifics about the drug. Visitors can also visit the other pages on this website to learn more about Xarelto side effects, as well as lawsuit information.

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What is Xarelto?

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription medicine that acts as an anticoagulant (blood thinner) to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Side Effects of Xarelto

Thankfully, by law, the side effects of each drug need to be known by the public. This way, all of the known potential risks associated with the medication is made aware to those consuming it.

Living With Xarelto

While you’re taking Xarelto, there are precautions you need to understand for your well-being.

Everything You Need To Know About Xarelto

The most important things to know before taking any new medication are the ingredients, recommended dosage, and possible side effects.

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Xarelto Drug Class

The Xarelto drug class is a collection of medications called factor Xa inhibitors, which means they affect the action of an enzyme, Factor X, that is involved in blood clotting. Xarelto can interfere with other drugs, so it’s important to let your physician know about everything you take.

Some of the types of drugs that Xarelto interacts with include:

  1. Other blood thinners
  2. Certain heart medications
  3. Drugs used to treat HIV
  4. Antifungal medications

 

The list above doesn’t include every drug, which is why you need to consult your doctor before beginning to take Xarelto, or any new medication. It’s not clear if Xarelto is safe to take during pregnancy, so pregnant women should take the drug only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks to the fetus.

Xarelto Dosing Information

Xarelto dosing comes in three strengths; 10 mg, 15 mg, and 20 mg. Dosage recommendations are dependant on your specific case and healthcare professional. As with most medications, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional who is familiar with your case before you stop taking the drug. If you miss your dose of Xarelto, you should take the medication as soon as possible on that same day.  

Usual Adult Dose of Xarelto for Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis after Hip Replacement Surgery
Prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery: 10 mg orally once a day starting 6 to 10 hours after surgery.
Duration of therapy is 35 days for hip replacement surgery and 12 days for knee replacement surgery.
Usual Adult Dose for Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis after Knee Replacement Surgery
Prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery: 10 mg orally once a day starting 6 to 10 hours after surgery.
Duration of therapy is 35 days for hip replacement surgery and 12 days for knee replacement surgery.
Usual Adult Dose for Atrial Fibrillation
Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation: 20 mg orally, once daily with the evening meal.
Usual Adult Dose of Xarelto for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Treatment of DVT and PE:
Initial dose: 15 mg orally twice daily with food, for first 21 days.
Maintenance dose: 20 mg orally once daily with food, for remaining treatment.
Usual Adult Dose for Pulmonary Embolism
Treatment of DVT and PE:
Initial dose: 15 mg orally twice daily with food, for first 21 days.
Maintenance dose: 20 mg orally once daily with food, for remaining treatment.
Usual Adult Dose for Deep Vein Thrombosis - Recurrent Event
Reduction in the Risk of Recurrence of DVT and of PE: 20 mg orally once daily with food.
Usual Adult Dose of Xarelto for Pulmonary Embolism - Recurrent Event
Reduction in the Risk of Recurrence of DVT and of PE: 20 mg orally once daily with food.
The previous Xarelto dosing information applies to general cases and shouldn’t be considered as a prescribed dosage or as fact. These guidelines are to highlight the differences in Xarelto dosing depending on procedures.
Important Information about Xarelto
You should not take take Xarelto if you have an artificial heart valve, or if you have active or uncontrolled bleeding. Xarelto can cause a serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive an epidural. This type of blood clot can lead to long-term or permanent paralysis.  
What are the Side Effects of Xarelto?
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Xarelto. Many of these effects can be managed, with some going away over time. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
The most common side effect of Xarelto is bleeding. Some people taking the drug suffered minor to fatal bleeding as well as complications from blood loss. Xarelto is also linked to serious wound infections and leakage..
Other than bleeding, the most reported side effects of Xarelto is liver damage. If the liver function is compromised, it’s possible that the blood levels of this drug could increase because the liver isn’t able to eliminate a sufficient amount of Xarelto from the body. 
Xarelto and Alcohol

While there are no clear indications that drinking alcohol while taking Xarelto should be avoided, drinking while under treatment with blood-thinners is generally not recommended. Consuming large amounts of alcohol can influence the blood’s ability to clot, thus intensifying the effects of the blood-thinning medication.

Some of the side effects of combining Xarelto and alcohol include an increased risk of internal bleeding, or possible blog clots. It’s best to limit your alcohol intake to no more than two standard drinks per day and avoid binge drinking. If you aren’t sure if you should be consuming alcohol while taking Xarelto, consult your healthcare professional.

Xarelto Alternatives

If you’re prescribed Xarelto but would prefer a different option, there are a number of Xarelto alternatives that may be appropriate. You should always discuss your concerns with your doctor and find a solution that best works for your situation. Never switch medications without seeking the advice of your physician. Currently, there is no Xarelto generic drug available, and consumers should be wary of anyone selling medication advertised in this way.

Of the alternative medication options for Xarelto, two of the more popular choice include Pradaxa and Eliquis. Each of these medications have their own risks, some of which they share with Xarelto. This generation of blood thinners is focused on delivering medication that doesn’t require regular blood monitoring by doctors.  

The risk of bleeding has been well-documented among all anticoagulant drugs. While an ongoing problem, Xarelto antidotes don’t currently exist. However, if you experience this side effect, seek out medical attention as soon as possible for treatment.

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