What is rivaroxaban?
Rivaroxaban is used to treat or prevent blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). These types of blood clots can occur after knee or hip replacement surgery.
Rivaroxaban is sometimes used to lower your risk of a blood clot coming back after you have received treatment for blood clots for at least 6 months.
Rivaroxaban is also used in people with atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.
Rivaroxaban is also given together with aspirin to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other serious heart problems in people with coronary artery disease (decreased blood flow to the heart) or peripheral artery disease (decreased blood flow to the legs).
Rivaroxaban may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Rivaroxaban side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Also seek emergency medical attention if you have symptoms of a spinal blood clot: back pain, numbness or muscle weakness in your lower body, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Rivaroxaban can cause you to bleed more easily. Call your doctor at once if you have signs of bleeding such as:
- easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums, heavy menstrual bleeding);
- pain, swelling, new drainage, or excessive bleeding from a wound or where a needle was injected in your skin;
- any bleeding that will not stop;
- headaches, dizziness, weakness, feeling like you might pass out;
- urine that looks red, pink, or brown; or
- bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Bleeding is the most common side effect of rivaroxaban.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What other drugs will affect rivaroxaban?
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
Other drugs may affect rivaroxaban, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.