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What is Xarelto?

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, prescribed for two different purposes:
  • It reduces the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.
  • It reduces the risk of blood clots after knee or hip replacement surgery. A blood clot in a deep vein of the leg or thigh, also called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can break loose and enter the bloodstream. If this embolus goes to the lung it's called a pulmonary embolism. Since it can block blood flow, a pulmonary embolism is life-threatening.

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