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Can Coumadin be taken in place of Xarelto?

I have been on Coumadin for 3 years. In December of 2013 I had a complete knee replacement and the surgeon put me on Xarelto. I want to go back on Coumadin because I feel more confident if I know the numbers of how thin/thick my blood is each month. Can I switch back to Coumadin (Warfarin) without any bad side effects? I do have a pacemaker and also have occasional episodes of atrial fib.
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
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Rivaroxaban is used to prevent blood clots from forming due to a certain irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) or after hip or knee replacement surgery.

Rivaroxaban is an anticoagulant that works by blocking certain clotting proteins in your blood.

It is a newer compound, approved compound and more effective then Warfarin.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr AJEET SINGH, General & Family Physician
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