What is Xarelto 20 mg Tablet?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) blocks the activity of certain clotting substances in the blood. Xarelto is used to prevent or treat a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). A DVT can occur after certain types of surgery.
Xarelto is sometimes used to lower your risk of a DVT or PE coming back after you have received treatment for blood clots for at least 6 months.
Xarelto is also used in people with atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.
Xarelto 20 mg Tablet Uses?
Xarelto tablets 20mg are used to treat and prevent the formation of blood clots (thrombosis) in conditions where an embolism may result and could be life-threatening. Blood clot formation is a normal response to blood vessel damage to stop bleeding. However, a blood clot (thrombus) can also form in situations where blood flow is disturbed or slows down due to reduced mobility, heart failure, or atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
If a clot becomes detached from the vessel it can travel through the circulation and this is thromboembolism. Blood clot formation in the veins is called venous thrombosis or deep vein thrombosis because they usually occur in the deep veins of the leg or pelvis and can become lodged in the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism.
If a clot form in an artery or in the heart, it can block the blood supply to the heart tissue and cause a myocardial infarction (heart attack); or it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Xarelto tablets 20mg are used to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) following hip or knee replacement surgery when there is an increased risk of blot clots due to immobility; also to treat and prevent recurrent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Xarelto tablets 20mg are used to prevent stroke and systemic embolism (blood clots in peripheral blood vessels) due to non-valvular atrial fibrillation and other risk factors, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), increasing age over 75 years, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke).
How does Xarelto 20 mg Tablet work?
Rivaroxaban belongs to the class of drugs called anticoagulants. It works by binding to a clotting factor called factor Xa, which prevents the formation of thrombin. Blocking of this clotting factor prevents the formation of fibrin that is required for the formation of a blood clots.
How to take Xarelto 20 mg Tablet?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight, and medical condition of an individual. Take Rivaroxaban as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole. If you feel difficulty to swallow the tablets whole, you can crush them and mix with apple puree or water immediately before taking each dose. Take Rivaroxaban with food.
If you miss a dose of Rivaroxaban, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Xarelto 20 mg Tablet Contraindications
Active Pathological Bleeding Severe And Hypersensitivity Reaction To XAREL (Rivaroxaban).
Xarelto 20 mg Tablet Dosage
- Missed Dose:
If you miss a dose of Xarelto tablets 20mg take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
If you take too much Xarelto, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.
what are the Side effects of Xarelto 20 mg Tablet?
The following are the most common side effects of Rivaroxaban:
- Unusual pain
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Severe nose bleeding
- Prolonged menstrual flow
- Coughing up blood
- Breathing problems
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Read the enclosed leaflet before taking it. Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, taking any other medication, pregnant, breastfeeding, if you are bleeding excessively, have any other disease or condition in an organ of the body that increases the risk of serious bleeding, or has liver disease. Talk to your doctor before taking if you suffer from high blood pressure, lung disease, or if you have a prosthetic heart valve.
- Is Rivaroxaban similar to Warfarin?
Rivaroxaban and Warfarin belong to the same class of drugs called anticoagulants. The doctor may prescribe any one of the drugs based on the severity of the condition and the individual’s health status.
- What are the overdose symptoms of Rivaroxaban?
The overdose symptoms of Rivaroxaban are bloody or black stools, abnormal bleeding and blood in urine. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.
- Can I consume alcohol while on Rivaroxaban?
No, do not consume alcohol while taking Rivaroxaban as it may cause excessive drowsiness.
- Is it safe to alter the dose of the Rivaroxaban?
No, Rivaroxaban dose is prescribed depending on the complexity of the condition. Therefore, altering the dose is not advised. Please consult your doctor.