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What is Xarelto prescribed for?
Xarelto is used to treat or prevent deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which harmful blood clots form in the blood vessels of the legs. These blood clots can travel to the lungs and can become lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs, causing a condition called pulmonary embolism. After hip or knee replacement surgery, you are unable to walk. Due to the immobility, the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism is increased. During this time, blood clots are most likely to form due to slowed blood flow. This medication is also used to lower the risk of stroke or a blood clot in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is when you have a heart rhythm that is rapid and irregular so your heart is unable to pump out blood efficiently enough and clots can form inside the atria.
How does Xarelto work?
Xarelto tablets contain the active ingredient Rivaroxaban, a type of drug that belongs to a class called anticoagulants. This medication blocks the activity of harmful clotting substances in the blood vessels. Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) comes in tablets for oral administration and can be purchased online at My Drug Center in the strengths of 10mg, 15mg, and 20mg. Rivaroxaban oral tablets may be used for short-term or long-term treatment. Your doctor will decide how long you should take this drug. Don’t stop taking it without talking with your doctor first.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work given to you by your pharmacist. Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) tablets are usually taken orally twice a day. 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. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose, use the medicine exactly as directed. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
You may take Xarelto with or without food depending on the strength. If you cannot swallow a tablet whole, crush and mix it with water, apple juice, or a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save it for later use.
Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) 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 and kidney disease, bleeding problems, blood disorders, or stroke. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Xarelto.
Rivaroxaban can cause bleeding in the stomach, daily use of alcohol while taking this medication may increase the risk of this. To prevent unwanted bleeding with this medication, 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.
Do not stop taking Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) unless your doctor tells you to. Stopping suddenly can increase your risk of blood clot or stroke.
The most common side-effect of taking Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is the increased likelihood of easy bruising or minor bleeding such as nosebleeds or bleeding gums. Try to avoid activities which may increase this such as contact sports and take care when shaving and brushing teeth.
Some other common side-effects are: skin rash, allergic reactions, fainting, nausea, and anemia.
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.
What is Xarelto used for?
This medication is used to prevent and treat a condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis. If not treated, it can lead to blood clots in the lungs.
Who makes Xarelto?
Xarelto is made by the manufacturer known as Bayer. In the United States it is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
How long does Xarelto stay in your system?
Xarelto takes 2 to 4 hours to reach the full blood thinning effect, and it leaves your system typically in about 24 hours.
Why take Xarelto with food?
Depending on what dose you have been prescribed, you may or may not have to take this medication with food. For the 10mg dose, you may take it with or without food. However for the 15mg and the 20mg, you should take it with food. Taking the higher doses with food, allows the mediation to be easily absorbed into your system. Taking it on an empty stomach may actually decrease Xarelto’s effectiveness.
When will Xarelto go generic?
There is no generic as it stands today. However it may become available as Rivaroxaban in the year 2021, which is when the patent for Xarelto expires.
What are the side effects of Xarelto?
Some of the most common side effects of this medication are becoming easily bruised or minor bleeding (such as a nose bleed for example). While these are the most common side effects, they are not the only ones that are listed. If you have any questions regarding this medication, consult with your doctor.
Why is Xarelto so expensive?
Xarelto can be an expensive medication, especially since many have to purchase it each month at a steep price. However, you may find this medication at a more affordable price on an approved online Canadian Pharmacy, such as My Drug Center.
How long has Xarelto been on the market?
Xarelta was first approved for use as a preventive towards Deep Vein Thrombosis on July 1, 2011. It has also been approved to help with various other conditions since then.
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