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Rivaroxaban

rivaroxaban
By Medicover Hospitals / 18 Jan 2021
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Rivaroxaban is a prescription drug which comes in the form of an oral tablet. The medication is available as the brand name drug called Xarelto. Rivaroxaban is used for treating blood clots. Blood clots formed in the heart are very dangerous and they can easily travel to the brain and can cause a stroke.

  1. Rivaroxaban Uses
  2. Rivaroxaban side effects
  3. Precautions
  4. Rivaroxaban Dosage
  5. Rivaroxaban Storage
  6. Rivaroxaban Warnings
  7. Rivaroxaban vs Aspirin
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Citations

Rivaroxaban Uses

Rivaroxaban is a blood thinner. The medication is used for various purposes:

  • It helps in reducing the risk of strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • It helps in treating the risk of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots and PE
  • It helps in reducing the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs of patients who are had hip and knee replacement surgery.
  • It helps in reducing the risk of major heart problems such as heart attack or stroke in people with chronic coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease.

Rivaroxaban Side Effects:

Some of the common side effects of Rivaroxaban are:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Some of the serious side effects of Rivaroxaban are:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Nose bleeds
  • Gum bleeds
  • Brown coloured urine
  • Black stools
  • Blood vomiting
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Spinal or epidural blood clots
  • Muscle weakness
  • Incontinence

If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Rivaroxaban if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.

A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Rivaroxaban side effects.

Precautions:

Before taking Rivaroxaban talk with your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other medications. The product may contain some inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or some other serious problems.
Before using Rivaroxaban talk with your doctor if you are having any medical history such as:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bleeding problems
  • Stroke
  • artificial heart valves
  • Blood disorders
  • Hereditary enzyme problems

How to take Rivaroxaban?

Take the Rivaroxaban tablets as directed by the doctor. If you are taking the medication for preventing blood clot after knee or hip replacement surgery then you should take the dosage for once in a day. Take the dosage for once in a day for preventing strokes and blood clots. For treating blood clots the dosage is usually taken once in a day.

Dosage:

Drug form and strengths

Brand Name: Xarelto

  • Form: oral tablet
  • Strengths: 2.5, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg

People with atrial fibrillations
-The usual dosage is 20 mg per day.

People with DVT or PE
-The normal dosage is 20 mg per day.

Missed Dose:

Missing one or two-dose of Rivaroxaban won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.

Overdose:

Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Rivaroxaban tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.

Warnings for some serious health conditions

For people with bleeding problems: If you have abnormal bleeding, do not take this drug. This medicine is a blood thinner and may increase your risk of serious bleeding. Talk to your doctor if you have unusual bleeding while taking this medicine.

For people with liver problems: You should not take this drug if you have moderate to severe liver disease or liver disease associated with bleeding problems.

For people with kidney problems: You may need a lower dose of this drug or you may not be able to take it at all. If your kidneys are not working properly, your body will not be able to eliminate the drug as well. This can cause the medicine to build up in your body, which can put you at risk for bleeding.

For people with artificial heart valves: Do not take this drug if you have an artificial (prosthetic) heart valve. This drug has not been studied in people with artificial heart valves.

Storage:

Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).

Before taking Rivaroxaban consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Rivaroxaban rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Rivaroxaban.

Rivaroxaban vs Aspirin:

Rivaroxaban Aspirin
Rivaroxaban is a prescription drug which comes in the form of an oral tablet. The medication is available as the brand name drug called Xarelto. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug. It contains salicylate, this is a compound found in the plants. It is used for relieving minor aches, pains and fevers.
Rivaroxaban is a blood thinner. The medication is used for various purposes:
  • -It helps in reducing the risk of strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • -It helps in treating the risk of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots and PE
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  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
Some of the serious side effects of Rivaroxaban are:
  • -Severe bleeding
  • -Nose bleeds
  • -Gum bleeds
  • -Brown coloured urine
  • -Black stools
Some major side effects of Aspirin are:
  • -Hives
  • -Rash
  • -Swelling of the eyes
  • -Breathlessness
  • -Irregular heartbeat
  • -Cold
  • -Loss of hearing

Frequently Asked Questions:

Some of the serious side effects of Rivaroxaban are:
  • -Severe bleeding
  • -Nose bleeds
  • -Gum bleeds
  • -Brown coloured urine
  • -Black stools
Rivaroxaban belongs to the class of medication called factor Xa inhibitors. Rivaroxaban is used for treating blood clots. Blood clots formed in the heart are very dangerous and they can easily travel to the brain and can cause a stroke.
Rivaroxaban is more effective than warfarin as it helps in preventing venous and arterial thromboembolism.
Rivaroxaban is said to be safe if it is taken for a longer period of time. A few side effects are seen in the regular use of medicine.

Citations:

  • Rivaroxaban, https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/11595320-000000000-00000
  • Rivaroxaban Dosage, https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1113572