Xarelto

(rivaroxaban)

3.5/ 5 average rating with 22 reviewsforXarelto
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Prevents blood clots.

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Our bottom line

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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Quick facts about Xarelto
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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).
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People’s experience with Xarelto

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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.
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How it works

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant that stops blood clots from forming.

Quick facts about Xarelto
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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People’s experience with Xarelto

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What to expect when you take Xarelto (rivaroxaban) for Blood thinning

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  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach upset
  • Flu-like feeling
  • Back pain
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Side effect rates for Xarelto (rivaroxaban)

From 7111 clinical trials of Xarelto when taken for prevention of blood clot in atrial fibrillation (15 mg or 20 mg once daily)
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    4%4%
  • Bleeding in the stomach & intestines
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Xarelto.

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Risks and Warnings for Xarelto (rivaroxaban)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Stopping Xarelto (rivaroxaban) too soon
    • Artificial heart valve

    Don't stop taking Xarelto (rivaroxaban) until your doctor tells you to. If you suddenly stop taking it, you're at a greater risk for getting blood clots or a stroke, especially if you're not switching to another blood thinner. Talk to your doctor first if you want to stop this medication. Also, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) isn't right for you if you have an artificial heart valve because it can increase your risk of blood clots or stroke.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication reduces blood clotting in people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

Who is this drug for?

This medication reduces blood clotting in people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

Common concerns from people taking Xarelto (rivaroxaban)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Interactions
  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) doesn't interact with as many types of food as other blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin).
Food
  • 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.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed rivaroxabanon 10/5/2017get another blood thinner prescribed, thats what I am fighting for
    63
    Woman
    A few months
    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treatment
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Xareltoon 9/22/2016Take with food. Experienced greater hair loss.
    60
    Woman
    DVT (blood clot) treatment and prevention
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Xareltoon 6/5/2017Muscles were always sore regardless of how much rest I had. Thought back pain was age related but now believe that it is result of medication. Am going to switch to another brand.
    63
    Man
    A year or so
    DVT prevention
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Xareltoon 9/14/2016Have had increasingly more painful muscle and joint pain everywhere
    64
    Woman
    DVT (blood clot) treatment and prevention
Weight
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed XareltoIt seems have unintentional weight loss
    81
    Man