Eliquis an anticoagulant will be prescribed to prevent blood clots. There are various reasons why these may occur. It could be as a result of knee and hip replacement operations or if there is an irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation – irregular heartbeat – can cause a blood clot to move to the lungs or legs. If this happens there is the risk of a stroke. It can also be prescribed to deal with deep vein thrombosis – DVT. It works to block Factor-Xa.
It is a tablet that is to be taken orally and can be taken with or without food. It can be crushed and added to water or apple juice to make it easier to take.
The dose can be determined by the condition of your kidneys, and also your age and weight. The length of time it is to be taken can vary. When it is taken after an operation, the timescale can depend upon the surgery performed.
The usual adult dose following knee or hip replacement: one 2.5 mg tablet twice a day (morning and evening). The length of treatment is usually up to 38 days following a hip operation while up to 14 days after a knee surgery. Your doctor will advise you when to discontinue therapy.
When treating DVT it will be two 5 mg tablets in the morning and another two 5 mg tablets at night for the first week. After that it will be one 5 mg tablet in the morning and one 5 mg at night. This should continue until your doctor tells you to stop.
If taking Eliquis for atrial fibrillation, the recommended dose is 5 gm taken twice daily. Again the dosage may be initiated at 2.5 mg depending on your kidney function and age.
There may be some side effects when taking Eliquis such as:
- Serious bleeding
- Unusual bruising
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Heavy, long lasting periods
- Dizziness and fainting
- Bloody stools
- Coughing up blood
- Dark urine
- Vision changes
- Slurred speech
Before beginning to take Eliquis tell your doctor:
- That you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients
- If you have liver disease
- If you have kidney disease
- That you have had intestinal bleeding
- You have had bleeding on the brain
- If you are anaemic or a haemophiliac
- If you have suffered a stroke
- You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- You are already breastfeeding