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Xarelto is an oral medication used to prevent blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). As an anticoagulant drug, Xarelto blocks proteins that cause clotting. It may be given after surgery to prevent blood clots, or to prevent stroke in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Xarelto exactly as prescribed.
Avoid taking other anti-coagulants or NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) unless directed by your doctor. These can increase the risk of bleeding.
Before taking Xarelto, inform your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of Xarelto include:
Xarelto increases your risk of bleeding. Pay attention for signs of bleeding, and contact your doctor if you have any of the following:
Does Xarelto come with any dietary restrictions?
Unlike other anti-clotting drugs, Xarelto doesn’t come with any dietary restrictions.
What if I run out of Xarelto?
It’s important to have your prescription refilled on time. Stopping Xarelto suddenly may increase your risk of having a blood clot or stroke.
What if I’m going to have dental surgery?
Talk to your doctor and dentist or oral surgeon before undergoing any dental surgery. They may wish to temporarily taper your Xarelto dose before the procedure to prevent uncontrolled bleeding.