Cork Emergency Departments
What should I know about Xarelto®?
- Xarelto® (Rivaroxaban) thins the blood, which prevents you from dangerous blood clots
- Xarelto® must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor
- To ensure optimal protection from blood clots, never skip a dose
- You must not stop taking Xarelto® without fi rst talking to your doctor as your risk of blood clots may increase
- Speak to your health care provider prior to any intake of other medication
- Inform your health care providers about Xarelto® intake prior to any surgery or invasive procedure
How do I take Xarelto ®?
- To ensure optimal protection, Xarelto ® 15 mg and 20 mg must be taken with food
When should I seek advice from my health care provider?
When taking a blood thinner such as Xarelto ® it is important to be aware of its possible side effects.
- Bleeding is the most common side effect
- Do not start taking Xarelto ® if you are at risk of abnormal bleeding, without first discussing this with your doctor
- Tell your health care provider right away if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding such as the following:
- pain, swelling or discomfort
- chest pain, feeling breathless or looking pale
- headache, dizziness or weakness
- unusual bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding of gums, bleeding from cuts that take a long time to stop
- menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
- pink or brown urine, red or black stools
- coughing up blood, or vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Information for health care providers:
- INR values should not be used as they are not a dependable measure of the anticoagulant activity of Xarelto ® (Rivaroxaban)
If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:
Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900