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Hamostaseologie. 2012;32(3):195-202. doi: 10.5482/HAMO-12-05-0005. Epub 2012 Jul 10.

[Rivaroxaban in the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders].

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Universit├Ąts-Herzzentrum Freiburg-Bad Krozingen, Kardiologie I, Germany.


Rivaroxaban (Xarelto(®)) is a new anticoagulant for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. Rivaroxaban inhibits coagulation factor Xa directly, has high oral bioavailability, shows low propensity for drug-drug interactions and requires no routine coagulation monitoring. In patients undergoing elective knee or hip replacement surgery rivaroxaban (10 mg/d) is highly effective to prevent venous thromboembolism. In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation rivaroxaban (20 mg/d) has been approved to prevent stroke or systemic embolism. The favourable benefit-risk profile of rivaroxaban in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was shown in EINSTEIN-DVT and led to its clinical approval (twice daily 15 mg for 3 weeks, followed by 20 mg/d). Based on ATLAS-ACS-TIMI-51 which has shown that rivaroxaban (2.5 mg twice daily) reduced thrombotic cardiovascular events and mortality in patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome, the approval of low dose rivaroxaban has been submitted for this indication. Taken together, rivaroxaban may become an effective alternative to standard anticoagulants in the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders.

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