Arthritis Home > Xarelto

Xarelto is a type of blood-thinning medication used to prevent certain types of blood clots (and in some cases, strokes). The medication comes in the form of a tablet that is taken by mouth once daily. Side effects may include things like itching and bleeding.

What Is Xarelto?

Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) is a prescription anticoagulant medication. It is approved for the following uses:
  • To treat DVT blood clots or blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary emboli) and to prevent repeat blood clots.
(Click Xarelto Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Xarelto is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How Does Xarelto Work?

Xarelto works by specifically inhibiting a clotting factor known as Factor Xa. It is more selective than heparin (including both unfractionated heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin), which inhibits other clotting factors in addition to Factor Xa. Xarelto is not a heparin medication and does not affect blood platelets.
Like other "blood thinners," Xarelto does not break down clots. Instead, it slows down clot formation, giving the body a chance to break down the clots naturally.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation




Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.