Xarelto Generic Is Three Years Away: Here’s How to Save While You Wait

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Tori Marsh
Tori Marsh, MPH, is on the Research Team at GoodRx, and is the resident expert on drug pricing and savings.
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Xarelto is a commonly prescribed drug that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and atrial fibrillation (a so-called anticoagulant).

The bad news? It’s really expensive, and Xarelto isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Xarelto right for you, how can you make it affordable?

Here’s some information about Xarelto and how you can save.   

How popular is Xarelto?

Xarelto is the third most popular anticoagulant, a class of medications that also includes Coumadin (jantoven, warfarin), Praxada, and Eliquis. Commonly referred to as blood thinners, these drugs help to prevent blood clots that can cause deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, angina, stroke, and heart attack.

When will generic Xarelto be available?

As of December 2017, there is no generic available for Xarelto. However, it may become available as rivaroxaban in 2021, when the brand name patent expires. While you might have to wait three more years to save with the generic, there are other ways to cut costs on Xarelto.

Are there any cheaper anticoagulants I can try?

While Xarelto doesn’t have a generic, there are a couple of alternatives. Be sure you speak with your doctor to see if these alternatives will work for you.

Xarelto still works best for me—how can I save?

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