Rivaroxaban Medication Information
By blocking the action of a certain clotting enzyme, rivaroxaban (Xarelto®) can help prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) in adults who have a knee or hip replacement surgery. Unlike other similar "blood-thinning" medications that must be injected, rivaroxaban comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth once daily.
Although this medication may help slow down clot formation, not everyone can use it. Information on rivaroxaban should be discussed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to minimize risks and to help ensure safe treatment. For example, you may not be able to use this drug if you have certain allergies, if you are taking certain medications, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and can include itching and bleeding. In most cases, reactions to rivaroxaban tend to be mild and easy to treat.
(Click Rivaroxaban for more information, including a detailed description of the clinical effects, a list of potential side effects that may occur with treatment, and dosing tips on when and how to take this medication.)