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What is Eliquis prescribed for?
Eliquis is used to treat or prevent deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which harmful blood clots form in the blood vessels of the legs. These blood clots can travel to the lungs and can become lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs, causing a condition called pulmonary embolism. Eliquis is used for several days after hip or knee replacement surgery while you are unable to walk. Due to the immobility, the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism is increased. During this time, blood clots are most likely to form due to slowed blood flow. This medication is also used to lower the risk of stroke or a blood clot in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.
How does Eliquis work?
Eliquis tablets contain the active ingredient Apixaban, a type of drug that belongs to a class called anticoagulants. This medication blocks the activity of harmful clotting substances in the blood vessels. This medication comes in tablets for oral administration. You can buy Eliquis (Apixaban) in the strengths of 2.5mg and 5 mg. Apixaban oral tablets may be used for short-term or long-term treatment. Your doctor will decide how long you should take this drug. Don’t stop taking it without talking with your doctor first.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work given to you by your pharmacist. Eliquis (Apixaban) tablets are usually taken orally twice a day. Make sure you take Eliquis at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Eliquis should taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose, use the medicine exactly as directed. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
You may take Eliquis with or without food. If you cannot swallow a tablet whole, crush and mix it with water, apple juice, or a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save it for later use.
Eliquis may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Eliquis. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver and kidney disease, bleeding problems, blood disorders, or stroke. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with the Eliquis dosage your are prescribed.
The side effect of Apixaban can cause bleeding in the stomach, daily use of alcohol while taking this medication may increase the risk of this. To prevent unwanted bleeding with this medication, speak to your doctor regarding acceptable limits. You will also be at risk for external bleeding. Avoid contact sports and sharp objects while using this medication.
Do not stop taking Eliquis (Apixaban) unless your doctor tells you to. Stopping suddenly can increase your risk of blood clot or stroke.
The most common Eliquis side effect is the increased likelihood of easy bruising or minor bleeding such as nosebleeds or bleeding gums. Try to avoid activities which may increase this such as contact sports and take care when shaving and brushing teeth.
Some other common Eliquis side effects are: skin rash, allergic reactions, fainting, nausea, and anemia.
If any side effects of Apixaban become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: Stopping suddenly can increase your risk of blood clot or stroke. You should speak your doctor before stopping taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
Q: Is Eliquis a blood thinner?
A: Yes, it is a blood thinning medication that reduces blood clots.
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