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As a "blood-thinning" medication, rivaroxaban is used to prevent and treat certain types of blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis. It works by blocking the action of a certain clotting factor so that the blood becomes "thinner." This gives the body time to break down clots naturally.

An Overview of Uses for Rivaroxaban

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®) is a prescription anticoagulant medication, commonly known as a "blood thinner." It is approved for the following uses:
  • To prevent blood clots deep in the veins of the body, known medically as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These types of clots typically occur in the legs or hips. DVT can be especially dangerous if the clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, where it may cause a pulmonary embolism (PE).
  • To treat DVT blood clots or blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary emboli) and to prevent repeat blood clots. 
  • To prevent strokes and "systemic embolism" (blood clots) in people with atrial fibrillation. It is not approved for use in people with atrial fibrillation due to heart valve disease.

Rivaroxaban for Surgical Clot Prevention

Rivaroxaban is specifically approved to prevent DVT blood clots in people who are undergoing the following types of surgeries:
Rivaroxaban is taken by mouth, making it an especially attractive option compared to other medications used for this purpose, which are typically given by injection. It is easy to dose; there is only one standard amount for everyone, regardless of weight or other factors. However, like other blood thinners, rivaroxaban can sometimes lead to dangerous internal bleeding.
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