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What Is XARELTO® | XARELTO® (rivaroxaban)

What is XARELTO®?

XARELTO® is a blood thinner that treats and helps prevent blood clots that are related to
certain conditions involving the heart and blood vessels.

How does XARELTO® work?

XARELTO® belongs to the category of blood thinners commonly called DOACs, or direct oral anticoagulants. One thing that makes DOACs different from older blood-thinning medications is that they affect fewer factors that help to form blood clots. XARELTO® targets just one—Factor Xa ("10a").

What are the types of blood thinners?

There are 2 types of blood thinners—antiplatelets and anticoagulants.


Antiplatelets lower your blood’s ability to clot by preventing platelets—cell fragments in your blood—from sticking together and forming clots. Examples include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix®), prasugrel (Effient®), and ticagrelor (Brilinta®).


Anticoagulants lower your blood’s ability to clot by stopping specific proteins and enzymes, also known as clotting factors, from doing their job to help blood clots form.

What should I know about XARELTO®?

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No known dietary restrictions while on XARELTO®

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XARELTO® usage doesn’t require regular blood testing


XARELTO® dosing doesn’t require frequent adjustments


XARELTO® is taken once daily* for AFib

*Taken with the evening meal

Are there any side effects associated with XARELTO® in adults?

Side effects of XARELTO®:

  • Increased risk of bleeding
    • You are likely to bruise more easily and it may take longer for the bleeding to stop

Your risk of bleeding increases if you take XARELTO® with other medicines that also increase your risk of bleeding, such as:

    • Aspirin or aspirin-containing products
    • Long-term (chronic) use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Warfarin sodium (Coumadin®, Jantoven®)
    • Any medicine that contains heparin
    • Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
    • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
    • Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
    • Other medicines to prevent or treat blood clots

Always tell your healthcare professional if you experience any side effects while taking XARELTO®—keeping an open and honest conversation going with your healthcare professional will help you get the best care.

To learn more about how XARELTO® treats and helps prevent blood clots related to a specific condition, select below:

How can you save on XARELTO®?

Find out about support options that may help with managing your out-of-pocket cost for XARELTO®.