4.8/ 7 average rating with 22 reviewsforXarelto

Xarelto
Alternatives

(rivaroxaban)

Xarelto (rivaroxaban)

Prescription only

Arixtra (fondaparinux)

Prescription only
1 of 6 alternatives
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.

Thins the blood and treats blood clots.

Arixtra (fondaparinux) is effective at treating clots, but it can increase your risk of bleeding.

Upsides
  • 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).
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) is effective at treating blood clots in the extremeties and those that have travelled to the lungs.
  • A generic form is available.
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) is a safe option for use in patients who have experienced a rare, life-threatening reaction to another anticoagulant, heparin.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) should be used with caution in patients with kidney problems, as this can lead to an accumulation of the medication and increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) can cause a drop in platelet count, which can increase your risk of bleeding.
  • People who have any type of spinal or epidural procedure are more likely to have bleeding problems around the spine when taking Arixtra (fondaparinux).
  • Periodic blood tests and monitoring of your kidneys is important.
  • You have to inject yourself everyday with this medication.
  • The anti blood-clotting effects of Arixtra (fondaparinux) may remain for up to 4 days after stopping this medication in normal patients, and there is no current antidote.
Used for
  • Treatment of blood clots
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
22 
45%
think this treatment is worth it
45%
think this treatment works well
9%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Major bleeding needing transfusion
    4%
  • Bleeding in the stomach & intestines
    2%
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2possible side effects
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Blood clots
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Blood clots and stroke

    Stopping Xarelto (rivaroxaban) too soon

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Blood clot in the spine

    Spinal puncture (spinal tap)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Unusual bleeding

    History of bleeding problems

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Increased side effects

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Spinal/epidural blood clots

    Indwelling epidural catheters

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Bleeding

    Existing condition that increases risk of bleeding

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Kidney problems

    Kidney problems

  • Allergic reactions

    Latex allergy

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