Stopping rivaroxaban

The length of time you need to take rivaroxaban will vary depending on the reason you are taking it.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) can be a short-term treatment for preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — blood clots that can form in the veins of your legs or pelvis after hip or knee replacement surgery. It can also be used to:

  • prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation
  • prevent recurring DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE - a blood clot in the lungs)
  • treat an existing DVT or PE.

Take rivaroxaban for as long as directed

It is important that you take your rivaroxaban tablets daily for the prescribed length of time.

Do not stop taking rivaroxaban before your doctor tells you to. If you do, you will be at risk of developing serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) — which is a life threatening condition.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to the emergency department at your nearest hospital if you notice swelling in your legs, a cough or shortness of breath. These could be signs of a blood clot.

How long do I take rivaroxaban after hip or knee replacement surgery?

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) can be taken as a short-term treatment for preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement surgery.

A blood clot that develops in a large vein of the leg or the pelvis is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If the DVT breaks off, it can travel and lodge in the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), and it is life threatening. Both DVT and PE are types of venous thromboembolism (VTE), and are serious conditions requiring prompt medical treatment.

You should continue taking rivaroxaban for as long as your doctor tells you. This is usually:

  • 14 days for knee replacement surgery
  • 35 days for hip replacement surgery.

How long do I take it to treat or prevent a DVT or PE?

If you have been prescribed rivaroxaban to treat a DVT, or to prevent a DVT or PE, you may need to take rivaroxaban for an extended period of time. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to take it for and if you need to have regular check ups.

Don’t stop taking rivaroxaban unless your doctor tells you to because it will increase your risk of having a blood clot that can cause a stroke.

How long do I take rivaroxaban if I have atrial fibrillation?

If you have atrial fibrillation, and you are taking rivaroxaban to reduce the chance of having a stroke, you will need to take it long-term.

Don’t stop taking rivaroxaban unless your doctor tells you to because it will increase your risk of having a blood clot that can cause a stroke.

Find out more about atrial fibrillation and stroke.

Phone for medicines information

Call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm AEST) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, 'natural', vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.

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