Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant which blocks the activity of specific clotting substances in the blood. It is an inhibitor of factor XA – an enzyme that plays a huge part in blood clotting. It is most commonly used to reduce the chances of or cure a blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which leads to clotting of blood in the lungs. The risk of DVT rises after a surgery.
Xarelto is also prescribed to sufferers of atrial fibrillation i.e. it is used to prevent stroke which can happen as a result of a blood clot.