What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is used to reduce the risk of blood clots from forming. For individuals with irregular heartbeat or recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery. Patients that are immobile for long periods of time can also develop blood clots.
Patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) or coronary artery disease may also need an anticoagulant to prevent blood clots from forming.
Frequently Asked Questions About Xarelto
It prevents certain proteins from forming blood clots. It is considered an anticoagulant or blood thinner.
Xarelto is taken orally as often as prescribed by your doctor. The typical dose is once a day. Your dose may vary based on why you are taking it and your history of treatment.
Do not take this more or less often than instructed as you may not get the most benefit from treatment with Xarelto. If you stop taking Xarelto early, it can lead to blood clots forming again. Your doctor will let you know when or if you need to stop taking it.
If you have difficulty swallowing the tablets whole you can crush the tablets and eat them with applesauce. You should consume it immediately. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time.
If you miss a dose you can take it when you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, you can skip the missed dose and take your dose at the regularly scheduled time.
All orders from Sunshine Pharmacy are delivered in the manufacturer's packaging and include a medication guide. We ask that you carefully read this information sheet and call us if you have any questions or do not understand the document.
Advise your doctor if you have a history of the following health conditions:
- a certain clotting disorder
- bleeding problems (such as bleeding of the stomach/intestines, bleeding in the brain)
- frequent falls/injuries
- liver disease
- blood disorders
- artificial heart valves
- certain eye problem
- kidney disease
- recent major injury/surgery
- certain hereditary enzyme problems
Take caution when performing dangerous tasks. You may have an increased risk of bleeding while taking this medication.
There are potential known drug interactions associated with Xarelto . You should disclose all of your current vitamins, supplements, OTC drugs, herbal products and all current prescription medicines. Our pharmacists will provide therapeutic screening for all orders against this supplied list.
Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or drug interaction.
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We do not list all possible known side effects.You may experience a side effect that is not provided here. If you find that you are noticing severe side effects call your doctor or one of our pharmacists for counseling and medical advice.
Your doctor will normally balance the benefits of treatment versus any possible adverse reactions. Please call us and speak to the pharmacist if you have concerns about buying Xarelto online.
- red or dark brown urine
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- loss of appetite
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- stomach pain or swelling
- vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
- chest tightness
- red or black, tarry stools
- pain in the arms or legs
- red, irritated eyes
- red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- joint or muscle pain
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- hives, itching, skin rash
- difficult or painful urination
- bloody stools
- unpleasant breath odor
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- prolonged bleeding from cuts
- severe headache
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- Burning feeling while urinating
There is no generic equivalent available in Canada.
You may drink coffee while taking Xarelto. There are no contradictions or interactions with coffee
You may take both drugs together. It is safe as long as long as you follow the instructions carefully. It may be harmful if you take too much.
Tooth removal generally does cause an increased risk of dangerous bleeding while taking Xarelto. You should inform your dentist you are taking an anticoagulant.
It depends on your dose. The higher strengths (15 or 20mg) tablets should be taken with food. The lower doses (2.5 and 10mg) do not require food to have the maximum benefit.
There is no reason to believe that Xarelto causes erectile dysfunction. There is no scientific evidence to support that claim.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information.
If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.