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What is Eliquis (apixaban) and how does it work?
Eliquis (apixaban) is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) used for reducing the risk of blood clots in the heart and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation who have no problems with their heart valves (nonvalvular atrial fibrillation). Eliquis is also used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.
What brand names are available for apixaban?
Is Eliquis available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for Eliquis?
What are the uses for Eliquis ?
- Eliquis is used for reducing the risk of blood clots in the heart and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation who have no problems with their heart valves (nonvalvular atrial fibrillation).
- It also is used for treating and preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.
What are the side effects of Eliquis?
The most common side effects of Eliquis involves bleeding in the:
- brain, and
Bleeding due to Eliquis may be fatal.
What is the dosage for Eliquis?
- The usual dose in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation is 5 mg by mouth twice daily. For individuals 80 years or older, weighing less than or equal to 60 kg, or with reduced kidney function, the usual dose is 2.5 mg twice daily.
- The recommended dose for treating DVT or pulmonary embolism is 10 mg twice daily for the first 7 days and then 5 mg twice daily. After six months of treatment, the dose may be reduced to 2.5 mg daily for prevention of DVT or pulmonary embolism.
- When Eliquis is used to prevent the risk of DVT after hip or knee replacement surgery, the suggested dose is 2.5 mg daily beginning 12 to 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
What drugs or supplements interact with Eliquis?
Eliquis is a blood thinner medicine that reduces blood clotting. You may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take Eliquis and take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, including:
- aspirin or aspirin-containing products
- long-term (chronic) use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
- any medicine that contains heparin
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- other medicines to help prevent or treat blood clots
Tell your doctor if you take any of these medicines. Many other drugs may interact with Eliquis, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor, dentist, and pharmacist of all drugs and supplements you take.
Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma)
People who take a blood thinner medicine (anticoagulant) like Eliquis, and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:
- a thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine
- you take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
- you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
- you have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine
If you take Eliquis and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots or bleeding. Tell your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness, especially in your legs and feet.
Is Eliquis safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about Eliquis?
What preparations of Eliquis are available?
Tablets: 2.5 and 5 mg
How should I keep Eliquis stored?
Eliquis should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
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Eliquis is a medication prescribed to prevent blood clots in the heart and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, and to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Review side effects, drug interactions, patient safety, and warnings prior to taking Eliquis.
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A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain caused by either a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding (hemorrhagic). Symptoms of a stroke may include: weakness, numbness, double vision or vision loss, confusion, vertigo, difficulty speaking or understanding speech. A physical exam, imaging tests, neurological exam, and blood tests may be used to diagnose a stroke. Treatment may include administration of clot-busting drugs, supportive care, and in some instances, neurosurgery. The risk of stroke can be reduced by controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stopping smoking.
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