Xarelto 20mg is a prescription medication used to prevent blood clots in adults. It is a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC), which means that it works by targeting a specific factor in the blood clotting cascade.
Xarelto 20mg is used to:
- Prevent recurrent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. PE is a blood clot that travels to the lungs. Xarelto 20mg can help to prevent these clots from coming back after initial treatment.
- Prevent stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that can cause irregular heartbeats. This can increase the risk of stroke. Xarelto 20mg can help to prevent stroke by preventing blood clots from forming in the heart.
Xarelto 20mg is taken as a tablet by mouth once daily. It is important to take Xarelto 20mg exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Xarelto 20mg without talking to your doctor first.
Xarelto 20mg can cause side effects, including:
- Bleeding. This is the most serious side effect of Xarelto 20mg. Bleeding can occur anywhere in the body, including the brain, stomach, and intestines.
If you experience any of these side effects, or any other side effects, talk to your doctor right away.
Xarelto 20mg is not for everyone. Do not take Xarelto 20mg if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take Xarelto 20mg if you have any of the following conditions:
- Active bleeding
- Recent major surgery
- A history of bleeding disorders
- A history of liver or kidney problems
If you have any questions about Xarelto 20mg, talk to your doctor.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about Xarelto 20mg:
- You should not drink alcohol while taking Xarelto 20mg.
- You should be careful when taking Xarelto 20mg if you are taking other medications, especially those that can increase your risk of bleeding.
- You should be aware of the signs and symptoms of bleeding and report any concerns to your doctor immediately.
If you are prescribed Xarelto 20mg, be sure to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Xarelto 20mg can be a safe and effective way to prevent blood clots, but it is important to be aware of the potential side effects.
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