I have been prescribed Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) to either treat DVT or PE, or prevent them from recurring

How do I take Xarelto?

Always take this medication exactly as your doctor has advised. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.

You must take Xarelto together with a meal. Swallow the tablet(s) preferably with water.

If you have difficulty swallowing the tablet whole, talk to your doctor about other ways to take Xarelto. The tablet may be crushed and mixed with water or apple puree immediately before you take it. This mixture should be immediately followed by food.

If necessary, your doctor may also give you the crushed Xarelto tablet through a stomach tube.

How to take 15mg or 20mg tablet(s)?

To treat blood clots in the veins of your legs and blood clots in the blood vessels of your lungs, and for preventing blood clots from re-occurring:

  • The recommended dose is one tablet of Xarelto 15 mg twice a day for the first 21 days. For treatment after 21 days, the recommended dose is one tablet Xarelto 20 mg once a day.
  • After at least 6 months of blood clot treatment your doctor may decide to continue treatment with either one tablet of Xarelto 10 mg tablet once a day or one tablet of Xarelto 20 mg tablet once a day.
  • If you have kidney problems and take one tablet of Xarelto 20 mg once a day, your doctor may decide to reduce the dose for the treatment after 21 days to one tablet of Xarelto 15 mg once a day if the risk for bleeding is greater than the risk for having another blood clot.

When to take Xarelto

Take the tablet(s) every day until your doctor tells you to stop.Try to take the tablet(s) at the same time every day to help you to remember it.

How long should I take Xarelto?

Length of treatment with Xarelto is based on an individual assessment of your risk factors and the benefits of long-term preventative treatment. Your doctor will discuss this with you and together agree the most appropriate length of treatment.

Do not stop taking Xarelto without talking to your doctor first, because Xarelto treats and prevents serious conditions.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

What happens if you accidently take more Xarelto tablets than advised?

Contact your doctor immediately. Taking more Xarelto tablets than advised by your doctor increases your risk of bleeding.

What happens if you forget to take your prescribed dose of Xarelto?

  • If you are taking one 20 mg tablet or one 15 mg tablet once a day and have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than one tablet in a single day to make up for a forgotten dose. Take the next tablet on the following day and then carry on taking one tablet once a day.
  • If you are taking one 15 mg tablet twice a day and have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than two 15 mg tablets in a single day. If you forget to take a dose you can take two 15 mg tablets at the same time to get a total of two tablets (30 mg) on one day. On the following day you should carry on taking one 15 mg tablet twice a day.)

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.