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®?
No known dietary restrictions while on XARELTO®
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: