Compare Heparin vs. Xarelto

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

heparin

Xarelto
(rivaroxaban)

Prevents blood clots. Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.Prevents blood clots. Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. However, it can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.
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Reviews for Heparin
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Reviews for Xarelto (rivaroxaban)
45%
-55% worse vs. Heparin
45%
-55% worse vs. Heparin
9%
-9% worse vs. Heparin
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Side effects
HeparinXarelto

We haven’t found good data for Heparin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Heparin »
  • Major bleeding needing transfusion 4%
  • Bleeding in the stomach & intestines 2%
  • Complaints of bleeding 28%
  • Clinically relevant but not major bleeding 9%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Upper abdominal pain 2%
  • Joint arthritis 1%
  • Any bleeding event after hip or knee replacement surgery 6%
  • Any side effect causing stopping of xarelto (rivaroxaban) 4%
  • Wound drainage 3%
More Xarelto side effects »
How it works
HeparinXarelto
Heparin is an anticoagulant that binds with proteins and platelets to stop blood clots from being made and traveling to the brain, heart, and lungs.Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant that stops blood clots from forming.
Type of medication
HeparinXarelto
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
HeparinXarelto
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
HeparinXarelto
Risk factors for serious side effects
HeparinXarelto
  • History of bleeding problems
  • Severe high blood pressure
  • Older age
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
Detailed Heparin risks & warnings »
  • Stopping Xarelto (rivaroxaban) too soon
  • Artificial heart valve
  • Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
  • Getting anesthesia in the spine (epidural anesthesia)
  • History of bleeding problems
Detailed Xarelto (rivaroxaban) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
HeparinXarelto
No interactions related info.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) doesn't interact with as many types of food as other blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin).
Food
HeparinXarelto
No food related info.
  • Like all blood thinners, it will take a little longer for your blood to clot if you start bleeding while you're taking Xarelto (rivaroxaban). Call your doctor if you notice bleeding that won't stop, a bruise that won't go away or gets worse, pink or brown urine, bright red or dark tarry stool, nose bleeds, or if you start coughing up blood.
Kidneys and liver
HeparinXarelto
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is processed by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, talk to your doctor about possibly switching to a different medicine to avoid other side effects.
Upsides and benefits
HeparinXarelto
  • Safe to use in pregnancy and if you're breast feeding.
  • There are other medications that can help stop unexpected bleeding while taking Heparin.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Usually used in the hospital, but can be given at home too.
  • Studies show that Xarelto (rivaroxaban) works just as well as other blood thinners (anticoagulants) in preventing strokes and stopping clots from froming.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) doesn't require regular blood tests or frequent dose changes.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) doesn't interact with as many types of food as other blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin).
Downsides and risks
HeparinXarelto
  • You'll need to get labs/blood draws done on a regular basis to make sure the drug is working and to make sure you don't get unexpected side effects.
  • You can be at higher risk for bleeding or clotting while taking Heparin compared to other anticoagulants.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) can increase your risk of bleeding, so call your doctor right away if you see blood in your spit, urine, or stool (look for black, tarry stools or bright red blood).
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) isn't available as a generic medication.
  • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Xarelto (rivaroxaban).
  • You can't take Xarelto (rivaroxaban) if you are pregnant.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
HeparinXarelto
  • Make sure to change where you inject Heparin every time.
  • Don't take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications without talking to your doctor first.
  • You will have to do regular blood draws or labs to make sure that Heparin is working for you.
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) prevents blood from clotting, so it's important not to miss a dose. If you miss your daily dose, take it as soon as you remember that day. Just don't take two doses close to each other.
  • If you completely forget to take a dose, call your doctor right away.
  • When taking Xarelto (rivaroxaban), you can bleed more easily, so use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor to avoid cutting yourself.
  • You can crush the pills and mix it with a spoonful of applesauce, but make sure to eat some food and drink a glass of water right away.
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