Eliquis (apixaban) blocks the activity of certain clotting substances in the blood. Eliquis is used to lower the risk of stroke or a blood clot in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. It is also used to lower the risk of forming a blood clot in the legs and lungs of people who have just had hip or knee replacement surgery.
Eliquis is used to treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and lower the risk of them occurring again. It belongs to a class of drugs called anticoagulants, specifically factor Xa blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. This is a blood thinner and helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your body. It does this by blocking the substance factor Xa, which in turn decreases the amount of the enzyme thrombin in your blood. Thrombin is a substance that causes platelets in your blood to stick to one another, causing clots to form. When thrombin is decreased, this prevents a clot (thrombus) from forming in your body.
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE ELIQUIS – PLEASE NOTE OF THESE:
You should not take Eliquis if you are allergic to apixaban, or if you have active bleeding from a surgery, injury, or other cause. Eliquis may cause you to bleed more easily, especially if you have a bleeding disorder that is inherited or caused by disease. Tell your doctor if you have an artificial heart valve, or if you have ever had: liver or kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); if you are older than 80; or if you weigh less than 132 pounds (60 kilograms).
Eliquis can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia (epidural). This type of blood clot could cause long-term paralysis, and maybe more likely to occur if: you have a spinal catheter in place or if a catheter has been recently removed; you have a history of spinal surgery or repeated spinal taps; you have recently had a spinal tap or epidural anesthesia; you are taking aspirin or an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) – aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others; or you are using other medicines to treat or prevent blood clots.
Taking Eliquis may increase the risk of bleeding while you are pregnant or during your delivery. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine. Talk to your local Primary care physician if Eliquis is right for you. Or simply give us a call to speak with one of our Pharmacists from our contracted Pharmacy department. At USA Script Helpers, we put your health first.
Eliquis can cause mild or serious side effects. The following lists contain some of the key side effects that may occur while taking Eliquis. These lists don’t include all possible side effects. For more information on the possible side effects of Eliquis, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can give you tips on how to deal with any side effects that may be bothersome. Mild side effects of Eliquis can include: bruising more easily than usual, nausea, anemia (low levels of red blood cells).
Serious side effects from Eliquis can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 or your local emergency number if your symptoms feel life threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. allergic reaction, bleeding, increased risk for blood clots if you stop Eliquis treatment early and blood clots in your spine with spinal procedures.
Eliquis starts working within 3 to 4 hours after you take your first dose. However, you need to take it twice every day to make sure there’s always enough medication in your body to help stop blood clots from forming. Eliquis stays in your system for about 2 to 3 days after you stop taking it. For this reason, you should stop taking Eliquis at least 48 hours before a major surgery with a high risk for bleeding. For surgery with a low risk for bleeding, you’ll need to stop taking the drug at least 24 hours beforehand.
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