A healthcare provider may recommend the use of Xarelto to help prevent and treat certain types of blood clots. This prescription medicine works by blocking a certain clotting factor in the body, slowing down clot formation so the body has a chance to naturally break it down.
What Is Xarelto Used For?Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) is a prescription anticoagulant medication, commonly known as a "blood thinner." It is approved for the following uses:
- To prevent blood clots deep in the veins of the body, known medically as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These types of clots typically occur in the legs or hips. DVT can be especially dangerous if the clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, where it may cause a pulmonary embolism (PE).
- To treat DVT blood clots or blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary emboli) and to prevent repeat blood clots.
Xarelto is specifically approved to prevent DVT blood clots in people who are undergoing the following types of surgeries:
Xarelto is taken by mouth, making it an especially attractive option compared to other medications used for this purpose, which are typically given by injection. It is easy to dose; there is only one standard dosage for everyone, regardless of weight or other factors. However, like other blood thinners, Xarelto can sometimes lead to dangerous internal bleeding.
Xarelto for Treating Blood Clots
Xarelto is approved to treat blood clots deep in the veins of the body, known medically as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and of the lungs, known as pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT clots typically occur in the legs or hips. They can be especially dangerous if the clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, where it may cause a pulmonary embolism.
Xarelto is approved to treat DVT or PE blood clots and to prevent them from recurring.