Rivaroxaban, marketed under the Xarelto brand name. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that contribute to the formation of blood clots. ) to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other serious heart problems in people with aspirin.
Rivaroxaban may be used to reduce the risk of recurrent blood clots after receiving anticoagulant therapy [ Anticoagulants are medicines that help prevent blood clots. They're given to people at a high risk of getting clots, to reduce their chances of developing serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.] for at least 6 months.
Rivaroxaban is also used in people with atrial fibrillation [ Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots in the heart. A-fib increases the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. ] to reduce the risk of stroke caused by blood clots.
Rivaroxaban is used to prevent stroke, heart attack, or other serious heart problems in people with coronary heart disease [ Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the wall of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Plaque is made up of cholesterol deposits. Plaque buildup causes the inside of the arteries to narrow over time. ] or peripheral artery disease [ Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the arms or legs. In peripheral artery disease (PAD), the legs or arms — usually the legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. ] . It can also be used with aspirin to reduce risk.
Rivaroxaban may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Coronary artery disease
Peripheral artery disease
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
The number of times you take rivaroxaban each day will depend on the reason you are using this medication.
For some conditions, rivaroxaban should be taken with food. Whether you take the medicine with or without food may also depend on the tablet strength you take. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing a rivaroxaban tablet.
Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using rivaroxaban. If you need surgery or dental work, tell the surgeon or dentist ahead of time that you are using this medication. If you need anesthesia for a medical procedure or surgery, you may need to stop using rivaroxaban for a short time.
Do not change your dose or stop taking this medication without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly can increase your risk of blood clot or stroke.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Rivaroxaban may cause side effects:
- muscle spasm
- pain in arms or legs (in children)
- vomiting (in children)
- stomach pain
- cough (in children)
- rash (in children)
Some side effects can be serious:
- bloody, black, or tarry stools
- pink, or brown urine
- coughing up or vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- frequent nosebleeds
- bleeding from your gums
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.