If you have a surgery to replace your knee or hip, your healthcare provider may prescribe rivaroxaban (Xarelto®) to help prevent blood clots. Specifically, this medicine is used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots that form deep in the veins of the body that can result in fatal complications. It also prevents blood clots and strokes in people with an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. It is also approved to treat blood clots and to prevent them from recurring. If you are going to take this medicine, you may be wondering who makes it and how to take it.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is the manufacturer of rivaroxaban. There are no generic versions available at this time. This medicine is different from other similar "blood-thinning" medicines that must be injected; rivaroxaban comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth. Your specific dosage will depend on the type of surgery you have and whether you are taking other medications.
(Click Rivaroxaban for more information on this drug's manufacturer, details on how the medicine works, and potential side effects.)