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LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012-.

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Last Update: April 11, 2019.



Betrixaban is an oral anticoagulant and direct inhibitor of factor Xa which is used to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in hospitalized patients at high risk for venous thromboses. Betrixaban has been linked to a low rate of serum aminotransferase elevations during therapy, but has not been linked to instances of clinically apparent liver injury.


Betrixaban (be trix' a ban) is an orally available, small molecule direct inhibitor of coagulation factor Xa (-xaban), the rate controlling last step in the generation of thrombin, the final intermediate in blood coagulation. Inhibiting thrombin prevents the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin and subsequent cross linking of fibrin monomers, platelet activation and amplification of coagulation. Clinical trials have also shown that betrixaban therapy can decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery or hospitalized with an acute medical illness that places them at high risk for thromboembolism. Betrixaban was approved for use in the United States in 2017 for prophylaxis of thromboembolism in high risk patients. Betrixaban is available in 40 and 80 mg capsules under the commercial name Bevyxxa. The recommended dose is an initial single dose of 160 mg on day 1 followed by 80 mg once daily for 35 to 42 days. Lower doses are recommended for patients with renal dysfunction. Unlike warfarin, betrixaban and the other oral direct thrombin and factor Xa inhibitors do not require monitoring of bleeding time or INR. Side effects are not common, but can include bleeding, headache, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal upset, nausea, arthralgias and rash. Uncommon, but potentially severe adverse events include severe bleeding episodes and hypersensitivity reactions.


In prelicensing studies, serum aminotransferase elevations of greater than 3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) occurred in 1% to 2% of betrixaban-treated patients and in a similar proportion of control subjects treated with enoxaparin. Similarly, aminotransferase levels rose to above 5 times ULN in 0.6% of betrixaban and 0.4% of enoxaparin treated control subjects. Aminotransferase elevations with jaundice arose in <0.2% of patients in both groups and all cases appeared to be due to heart disease and congestive liver injury and unrelated to the anticoagulants used. Since approval and more widespread use, there have been no reports of clinically apparent liver injury due to betrixaban. On the other hand, other direct factor Xa inhibitors, such as apixaban and rivaroxaban, have been linked to rare instances of idiosyncratic liver injury, generally arising within days or a few weeks of starting and presenting with a mild-to-moderate hepatocellular injury without prominent immunoallergic and autoimmune features. This syndrome has not been reported with betrixaban.

Likelihood score: E* (unproven but suspected rare cause of clinically apparent liver injury).

Mechanism of Injury

The causes of the mild serum aminotransferase elevations during betrixaban therapy are unknown. Betrixaban has minimal hepatic metabolism and has no drug-drug interactions with substrates or modulators the cytochrome P450 system, but is a substrate of P-glycoprotein, potent inhibitors of which (such as amiodarone, azithromycin, clarithromycin, verapamil, ketoconazole) can cause elevated levels of betrixaban, increasing the risk of bleeding.

Outcome and Management

Betrixaban has been associated with mild, asymptomatic and self-limited elevations in serum aminotransferases but not with hepatitis with jaundice. There have been no reports of fulminant hepatic failure attributed to betrixaban or cases of chronic hepatitis or vanishing bile duct syndrome. In some instances, patients with acute liver injury due to one direct factor Xa inhibitor (rivaroxaban) have tolerated another (apixaban) without recurrence of liver abnormalities.

Drug Class: Antithrombotic Agents, Anticoagulants

Other Drugs in the Subclass, Anticoagulants, Factor Xa Antagonists: Apixaban, Edoxaban, Fondaparinux, Rivaroxaban



Betrixaban – Generic, Bevyxxa®


Antithrombotic Agents


Product labeling at DailyMed, National Library of Medicine, NIH


Betrixaban Chemical Structure


References updated: 11 April 2019

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