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- What is rivaroxaban, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for rivaroxaban?
- Is rivaroxaban available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for rivaroxaban?
- What are the uses for rivaroxaban?
- What are the side effects of rivaroxaban?
- What is the dosage for rivaroxaban?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with rivaroxaban?
- Is rivaroxaban safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about rivaroxaban?
What is rivaroxaban, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is used to prevent and treat blood clots. Blood clots formed in the heart are dangerous since they can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Similarly, blood clots formed in the legs or lungs can be equally life threatening if not treated. Xarelto is a selective inhibitor of factor Xa, an enzyme necessary to form blood clots. It reduces the ability of blood to clot. The FDA approved Xarelto in July, 2011.
What brand names are available for rivaroxaban?
Is rivaroxaban available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for rivaroxaban?
What are the uses for rivaroxaban?
Xarelto is a prescription medicine used to:
- reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation not due to a heart valve problem,
- treat and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT, blood clots in the veins of the legs) and pulmonary embolism (PE, blood clots in the lungs) and
- reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs of patients who have just had hip or knee replacement surgery.
What are the side effects of rivaroxaban?
The most common side effect of Xarelto is bleeding. The risk of bleeding is higher when Xarelto is taken with medicines such as aspirin or aspirin-containing products, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), heparin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and other medicines used to prevent or treat blood clots.
Some rare but serious cases of bleeding and paralysis have been reported with the use of Xarelto in patients undergoing spinal or epidural procedures. Risk is highest in patients who have problems with their spine, use indwelling epidural catheters, have had spinal surgery, or use other medicines that prevent clotting or make them more likely to bleed.
Other common side effects of Xarelto include:
Serious side effects of Xarelto include:
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