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Xarelto is most commonly used to prevent blood clots from irregular heart beats or after some surgeries. Xarelto is also known by the generic equivalent Rivaroxaban and is an anticoagulant that prevents blood from clotting.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work that was given to you by your pharmacist. Take Xarelto orally once a day. This medication can be taken with or without food. If you are taking Xarelto to prevent stokes and blood clots, you take the medication once in the evening with a meal.
Make sure you take Xarelto at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Xarelto should taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Xarelto. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver disease, kidney disease, bleeding problems, stroke, recent surgery, blood disorder, frequent falls, and eye problems. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Xarelto.
Xarelto can cause bleeding in the stomach. To prevent unwanted bleeding avoid alcohol with this medication, or speak to your doctor regarding acceptable limits. You will also be at risk for external bleeding. Avoid contact sports and sharp objects while using this medication.
Side effects can be: bleeding complications, including major bleeding events, fainting, itching, pain in your arms or legs, muscle pain, and muscle spasms.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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