What is Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) used for?
Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)is an oral anticoagulant medication used to prevent the formation of blood clots. The medication inhibits the action of platelets in the blood that bond together to form clots allowing easier blood flow. This can prevent deep vein thrombosis, strokes, or pulmonary embolism. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)?
Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is normally administered twice each day for a period of three weeks followed by a maintenance dose of on daily dose. Your individual instructions will be determined by your physician based on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be administered orally along with a large glass of water. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)?
Some patients using Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention include headaches, faintness, dizziness, severe pain, sensitive skin, easier bruising, pink or red urine, black or tarry stools, or vomiting a substance resembling coffee grounds. Contact your physician as soon as you experience any worrying or serious symptoms as these conditions may require reduced dosages or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, children under the age of eighteen, lactose intolerant, or who are having surgery for a hip fracture, who have had a brain or spinal injury, active bleeding, a risk of increased bleeding, clotting disorders, abnormalities of the blood vessels, or recent bleeding inside the skull. It is also important to inform your physician if you have a tendency to bleed excessively, high blood pressure, if you are having epidural anesthesia, acute coronary syndrome, or if you are currently taking other medications that may increase the risk of bleeding. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Xarelto (Rivaroxaban). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.