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Before we can discuss the side effects of Xarelto, you need to know more about it. In the following sections we’ll discuss what Xarelto is, what it’s used for, the forms (dosing) the medication comes in, and the side effects of the drug.

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What is Xarelto?

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription medicine that acts as an anticoagulant (blood thinner) to prevent the formation of blood clots.

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The most serious side effect from Xarelto is uncontrolled bleeding, which can lead to hospitalization and can be fatal.

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What is Xarelto?

Rivaroxaban, marketed in some countries as Xarelto, is an oral blood thinner developed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It belongs to a class of medications known as Factor Xa inhibitors. In those with non-valvular atrial fibrillation it appears to be effective in preventing nonhemorrhagic strokes and embolic events.

Blood thinners prevent dangerous blood clots from forming, which can obstruct the blood flow to vital organs. Unlike other blood thinners, Xeralto is a new type of oral anticoagulant that’s prescribed in one dose.

What is Xarelto used for?

The Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto for patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots and the risk of strokes in people with AF.

The FDA also approved Xarelto for general treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It’s also used to prevent stroke or blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation.

What form(s) does Xarelto come in?

As with any medication, Xarelto is prescribed in different dosage strengths. These include 10 mg, 15 mg, and 20 mg. The following information will help you distinguish the variances between each dosage.

Some common dosage recommendations based on indication include; 10 mg for 12 days for knee replacement, 10 mg for 35 days for hip replacement, 15 mg twice a day for 21 days, then 20 mg once a day for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, 15-20 mg per day for reducing the risk of stroke in nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation, irregular heartbeat.

If you miss a dose, you should take the missed dose as soon as possible on the same day. Doctors advise their patients to discontinue Xarelto use for 24 hours before and after surgical procedures.

10 mg - Each round, biconvex, light red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross on one side and "10" and a triangle on the other side, contains rivaroxaban 10 mg.
Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.
15 mg - Each round, biconvex, red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross on one side and "15" and a triangle on the other side contains rivaroxaban 15 mg.
Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.
20 mg - Each round, biconvex, brown-red, film-coated tablet, marked with the Bayer Cross on one side and "20" and a triangle on the other side contains rivaroxaban 20 mg.
Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose 5 cP, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, ferric oxide red, hypromellose 15 cP, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

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What are the side effects of Xarelto?
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you’re concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Xarelto with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Xarelto. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away over time. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
While these instances can happen while taking Xarelto, they’re also side effects of other blood thinners. The most common side effect of Xarelto is bleeding. Some people taking the drug suffered minor to fatal bleeding as well as complications from blood loss.
Like we said, not everyone will experience these effects. Some may tolerate Xarelto better than others and larger doses may cause more problems. So, while someone taking the drug may experience the side effects of Xarelto at 10 mg, the risk of encountering one of these issues increases at 15 mg and 20 mg.
Aside from bleeding, additional common side effects of Xarelto include:
Numb or tingling muscles
Loss of ability to control movement
Abnormal liver function
Reduced platelet levels
Hemorrhaging
Bleeding from the rectum
Intestinal or abdominal bleeds
Bleeding in the brain
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Back pain
Dizziness
Headache
Leg weakness
Bladder or bowel dysfunction
Xarelto is also linked to serious wound infections and leakage. Orthopedic surgeons observed that patients who take Xarelto after hip- or knee-replacement surgery may end up back in the operating room to remove implants and undergo antibiotic therapy for weeks or even months.
Other than bleeding, the most reported side effects of Xarelto is liver damage. If the liver function is compromised, it’s possible that the blood levels of this drug could increase because the liver isn’t able to eliminate a sufficient amount of Xarelto from the body.
Xarelto and Alcohol
While there are no clear indications that drinking alcohol while taking Xarelto should be avoided, drinking while under treatment with blood-thinners is generally not recommended. Consuming large amounts of alcohol can influence the blood’s ability to clot, thus intensifying the effects of the blood-thinning medication.

Some of the side effects of combining Xarelto and alcohol include an increased risk of internal bleeding, or possible blog clots. It’s best to limit your alcohol intake to no more than two standard drinks per day and avoid binge drinking. If you aren’t sure if you should be consuming alcohol while taking Xarelto, consult your healthcare professional.

Xarelto Side Effects Conclusion

If you’re experiencing any of the conditions we’ve talked about, or are concerned for your health, you need to speak with a healthcare professional. Never stop taking medication without first speaking to your doctor so you can learn about alternative options or how to wean yourself off the drug.

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