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Rivaroxaban

INFORMATION

Uses

Rivaroxaban is used for stroke prevention, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in deep veins) and pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lungs).

How it works

Rivaroxaban prevents the formation of harmful blood clots.

Common side effects

Abnormal liver function tests, Joint pain, Joint swelling, Blurred vision, Dark colored urine, Dizziness, Bleeding gums, Fatigue, Headache, Black and bloody stools, Abnormally heavy bleeding at menstruation, Muscle cramp, Nose bleed, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • Do not use rivaroxaban if you are allergic to rivaroxaban or any of its ingredient.
  • Do not take rivaroxaban if you have any bleeding disorder or increased risk of bleeding; or artificial heart valve, severe kidney problems, moderate to severe liver problems, or bleeding problems caused by liver disease.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: history of high blood pressure, anemia or low blood platelet levels; stroke; stomach ulcers.
  • Avoid using rivaroxaban if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Take special precautions and consult your doctor if you have recently had or are scheduled to have surgeries, including dental surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Rivaroxaban

Q.Is rivaroxaban safe/ an anticoagulant/ blood thinner/ is rivaroxaban fda approved?
Rivaroxaban belongs to a class of medications called anticoagulants (blood thinner). It is approved by FDA and it used to prevent and treat blood clots in blood vessels

Q.Is rivaroxaban better than warfarin?
Rivaroxaban and warfarin belongs to same class of medicines (anticoagulants), but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding its use

Q.Does rivaroxaban have an antidote/dialyzable?
Rivaroxaban does not have an antidote, and the drug cannot be flushed out of the system through dialysis. People who suffer bleeding can end up hospitalized, and the bleed may be fatal

Q.Can I take rivaroxaban with warfarin/ tramadol/ paracetamol/ aspirin?
Rivaroxaban should not be taken with the above medications. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding its use

Q.What painkillers can I take with rivaroxaban?
Patients taking rivaroxaban should avoid using pain killers as it increases the risk of bleeding

Q.Does rivaroxaban cause weight gain/ hair loss/ diarrhea?
Rivaroxaban is not known to cause weight gain or hair loss, but it rarely causes diarrhea. Consult your doctor, if you experience such side effects.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)