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What Is Apixaban

what is apixaban

Apixaban

Apixaban (Eliquis) is an expensive drug used to lower the chance of stroke in people with a medical condition called atrial fibrillation. It is also used to treat or prevent clots in the lungs or in the veins. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for Eliquis. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of Eliquis is around $424.65, 19% off the average retail price of $526.54. Compare anticoagulants.

Pregnancy and Eliquis

Eliquis isn't believed to harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy.

But it may increase the risk of bleeding during your pregnancy or delivery.

Tell your doctor if you're pregnant, or might become pregnant, while using Eliquis.

It's not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Don't breastfeed a baby while taking Eliquis.

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What is the dosage for apixaban?

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 apixaban 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.

side effects can this medication cause?

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:

  • bleeding gums
  • nosebleeds
  • heavy vaginal bleeding
  • red, pink, or brown urine
  • red or black, tarry stools
  • coughing up or vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • swelling or joint pain
  • headache
  • rash
  • chest pain or tightness
  • swelling of the face or tongue
  • trouble breathing
  • wheezing
  • feeling dizzy or faint

 Precautions

Before taking apixaban, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, bleeding problems (such as bleeding of the stomach/intestines, bleeding in the brain), blood disorders (such as anemia, hemophilia, thrombocytopenia), recent major injury/surgery, stroke, frequent falls/injuries.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: bloody/black/tarry stools, pink/dark urine, unusual/prolonged bleeding.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as hematocrit/hemoglobin, red blood cell count) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. If you are crushing the tablet and mixing it as directed in water, apple juice, or applesauce, use the mixture within 4 hours of preparing it. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised February 2018. Copyright(c) 2018 First Databank, Inc.

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