What is Xarelto?

By: Ani Barsamian, JD

Xalerto, also known as Rivaroxaban, is an oral blood thinner manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.  It is used to prevent a certain type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  

DVT’s usually occur in people undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. Patients with atrial fibrillation also use Xarelto to help lower the risk of stroke caused by blood clots.  However, Xarelto has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including internal bleeding.