I have non-valvular atrial fibrillation and have been prescribed Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) to reduce my risk of stroke.

What are the most common side effects whilst taking Xarelto?

Like all medicines, Xarelto can cause side effects, although not everybody may experience such side effects.

Xarelto and other similar antithrombotic medications, may cause bleeding which may potentially be life threatening. Excessive bleeding may lead to a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock). In some cases, the bleeding may not be obvious.

Possible side effects which may be a sign of bleeding:

Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • Long or excessive bleeding
  • Exceptional weakness, tiredness, paleness, dizziness, headache, unexplained swelling, breathlessness, chest pain or angina pectoris, which may be signs of bleeding.

Your doctor may decide to keep you under closer observation or change how you should be treated.

For a full list of possible side effects, please refer to the Patient Information Leaflet included in the pack with your medicine. If you think you are experiencing side effects from your medication at any time, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.

Reporting Side Effects

If you get side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via:

United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

To access the latest version of the Xarelto 2.5mg, 10mg and 15/20 mg Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) as well as Xarelto Patient Information Leaflet (PIL), please click on the following link eMC Widget

Report Possible Side Effects

This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.

You can also report side effects and quality complaints to Bayer Plc. Further information is available on the “contact” tab at www.bayer.co.uk.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.