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Xarelto Side Effects

Generic Name: rivaroxaban

Note: This document contains side effect information about rivaroxaban. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Xarelto.

For the Consumer

Applies to rivaroxaban: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, rivaroxaban (the active ingredient contained in Xarelto) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking rivaroxaban:

More common
  • Back pain
  • bleeding gums
  • bloody stools
  • bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • coughing up blood
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • leg weakness
  • nosebleeds
  • numbness
  • paralysis
  • prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • red or black, tarry stools
  • red or dark brown urine
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Less common
  • Fainting
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • wound secretion
  • Burning while urinating
  • difficult or painful urination
Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever with or without chills
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • hives, itching, or skin rash
  • joint or muscle pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • severe headache
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • tightness in the chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects of rivaroxaban may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Blisters
  • muscle spasm

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to rivaroxaban: oral kit, oral tablet


The most common adverse reactions were bleeding complications.[Ref]

The risk of bleeding may be increased in certain patient groups, including patients with uncontrolled severe arterial hypertension and/or concomitant treatment affecting hemostasis.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Any bleeding
Common (1% to 10%): Anemia (including postoperative anemia)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bleeding into a critical organ, bleeding that required reoperation, decreased hemoglobin, decrease in hemoglobin by 2 g/dL (20 g/L) or more, fatal bleeding, non-fatal non-critical organ bleeding, occult blood positive, thrombocythemia, transfusion of 2 or more units of whole blood or packed red blood cells (including extra-surgical site bleeding),
Postmarketing reports: Agranulocytosis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal hemorrhage (including rectal hemorrhage), gingival bleeding, nausea, toothache, upper abdominal pain, vomiting
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dry mouth, gastric ulcer hemorrhage, hematochezia, hemorrhagic gastritis, hemorrhoidal hemorrhage, lip hemorrhage, lower abdominal pain, melena, mouth hemorrhage, tongue hemorrhage
Rare (less than 0.1%): Retroperitoneal bleeding[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, headache, syncope
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cerebral and intracranial hemorrhage
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Cerebellar hemorrhage, fatal intracranial bleeding, hemorrhagic transformation stroke
Frequency not reported: Intraspinal bleeding, spinal/epidural hematoma
Postmarketing reports: Hemiparesis, subdural hematoma[Ref]


Following study drug discontinuation in the ROCKET AF trial, cases of stroke were reported in during the transition from rivaroxaban (the active ingredient contained in Xarelto) to warfarin in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Deep vein thrombosis, hematoma, hypertension, hypotension (include procedural hypotension), peripheral edema, tachycardia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Vascular pseudoaneurysm
Frequency not reported: Pericardial and intra-articular bleeding, symptoms of cardiac ischemia such as chest pain or angina pectoris (as a consequence of anemia)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increase in transaminases
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal hepatic function, increased bilirubin, increased blood alkaline phosphatase, increased gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT)
Rare (less than 0.1%): Increased conjugated bilirubin (with or without concomitant ALT increase), jaundice
Postmarketing reports: Cholestasis, cytolytic hepatitis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Renal impairment (including increased blood creatinine and blood urea)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Decreased creatinine renal clearance
Frequency not reported: Renal failure/acute renal failure secondary to a bleeding sufficient to cause hypoperfusion[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic reaction, anaphylactic shock, hypersensitivity[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Blister, contusion, cutaneous and subcutaneous hemorrhage, ecchymosis, pruritus (including uncommon cases of generalized pruritus), rash, wound hemorrhage, wound secretion
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Allergic dermatitis, urticaria
Postmarketing reports: Angioedema, Stevens-Johnson syndrome[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Urinary retention, urogenital tract hemorrhage (including hematuria and menorrhagia), vaginal hemorrhage
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urinary tract infection
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Menometrorrhagia, metrorrhagia[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyperglycemia, increased amylase, increased LDH, increased lipase
Rare (less than 0.1%): Localized edema[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, back pain, increased muscle tone and cramping, muscle spasm, osteoarthritis, pain in extremity
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hemarthrosis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Muscle hemorrhage
Frequency not reported: Intramuscular bleeding with compartment syndrome[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Eye hemorrhage (including conjunctival hemorrhage)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vitreous hemorrhage
Rare (less than 0.1%): Intraocular bleeding[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety reaction, sleep disorders[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea, epistaxis, hemoptysis, oropharyngeal pain, sinusitis
Frequency not reported: Pulmonary hemorrhage and pulmonary hemorrhage with bronchiectasis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Decreased general strength and energy (including fatigue and asthenia), fever
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Feeling unwell (including malaise)[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Xarelto (rivaroxaban)." Bayer Inc, Toronto, IA.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

Some side effects of Xarelto may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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