What is Xarelto
Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) is an oral drug indicated to lessen the risk of systemic embolism and stroke among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. It is also used to treat and reduce the risk of recurrence deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It could also be a prophylaxis for DVT, which could lead to PE following a knee or hip replacement surgery.
This is available in Xarelto 20 mg, 15 mg, and 10 mg tablets.
Xarelto Mechanism of Action
Xarelto is a selective FXa inhibitor that blocks certain clotting proteins in the blood. It works specifically by inhibiting factor Xa and prothrombinase activity. It works by preventing platelet aggregation caused by thrombin. It also decreases thrombin generation.
How to Use Xarelto
Before starting to take Xarelto, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not take any medication unless you have understood all the information regarding it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
This tablet is only meant to be taken by mouth. You may administer your dose with or without a meal. Swallow the tablet and then drink a glass of fluid after. If you cannot swallow it whole, crush the tablet and mix it with your beverage or a tablespoon of apple sauce.
Make a dosing schedule in order to avoid forgetting your doses. Once or twice a day, this drug is commonly given. If you are taking this anticoagulant to prevent blood clots or stroke, you should take this with your evening meal. Do not increase or decrease your Xarelto dosing and alter your frequency as they are based on your medical condition, other drugs you are taking, and response to medication. It is also important to keep taking this medication and comply with the length of treatment. Stopping Xarelto abruptly could lead to worsening conditions.
Side Effects of Xarelto
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Unusual or prolonged bleeding
-Weakness on one side of the body
Note that this is not a full/complete list of Xarelto side effects.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and consult your doctor or any healthcare professional.
Precautions / Warnings
Do not take this oral prescription if you have a known allergy to rivaroxaban or any inactive ingredients each tablet contains. Always watch out for signs of a severe allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this happens, immediately stop taking this drug and seek emergency medical help.
Certain diseases or disorders may greatly impact how your body will respond to the treatment. Disclose your entire medical history to your doctor, including blood disorders, bleeding problems, strokes, kidney disease, liver disease, retinopathy, artificial heart valves, antiphospholipid syndrome, glucose-galactose malabsorption, galactose intolerance, and Lapp lactase deficiency. You must disclose all supplements, prescription medicines, nonprescription pharmaceuticals, and herbal items you are using due to the possibility of drug interactions.
This oral drug may increase the risk of bleeding. Practice caution while using sharp objects like razors, knives, and nail cutters. You should also avoid activities with a high risk of injuries, such as contact sports.
Drinking alcohol may further increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Limit or avoid alcohol and report to your healthcare provider any symptoms of severe abdominal pain, feeling of passing out, and black, tarry stool.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should use this oral medication only if clearly needed because of the potential harm that it may cause to unborn babies and nursing infants. Take this prescription drug only if the potential benefits could outweigh the possible risks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Is Xarelto a blood thinner?
This type of medication is a blood thinner or an anticoagulant.
2. Which is better: Eliquis vs. Xarelto?
These medications have the same indications and are equally effective.
3. Is there an available Xarelto reversal drug?
Andexxa is a reversal agent for people taking this medication and has experienced unusual bleeding.
4. Does Xarelto affect blood pressure?
This drug does not directly affect blood pressure.
5. How much does Xarelto cost?
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