Xarelto, whose generic name is Rivaroxaban, is a medication used to prevent and treat blood clots. It belongs to a class of drugs called direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) or novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Rivaroxaban works by inhibiting the activity of a specific clotting factor in the blood called Factor Xa. By doing so, it helps prevent the formation of blood clots.
Xarelto is prescribed for several medical conditions, including:
One of the advantages of Xarelto is that it can be taken orally, unlike older anticoagulants that often require regular blood testing and dose adjustments. However, like all anticoagulants, it can increase the risk of bleeding, so it should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional who can monitor its effects and adjust the dosage as needed.
It’s important to take Xarelto exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider and to follow their instructions closely. Any unusual bleeding or signs of bleeding disorders should be reported to a healthcare professional promptly when taking Xarelto. Always consult with a healthcare provider for specific information about your condition and the use of Xarelto.