Eliquis (Apixaban)

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Apixaban

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Eliquis (apixaban) is an oral anticoagulant medication, commonly referred to as a blood thinner, that helps to prevent blood clots in patients who have specific medical conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or pulmonary embolism (PE).

Why Choose Eliquis?

  • Reduces the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation
  • Treats and prevents deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Reduces the risk of blood clots in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery

How to Use Eliquis?

Eliquis is a blood thinner and therefore should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on your medical condition, age, kidney function, and response to therapy. It is crucial to take Eliquis at the same time each day to maintain consistent blood levels of the medication. Do not stop taking Eliquis without consulting your healthcare provider; stopping abruptly may increase your risk of blood clots or stroke.

Important Safety Information about Eliquis

Before starting Eliquis, inform your healthcare provider of your medical history, including any bleeding problems, liver or kidney disease, recent surgery, or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Eliquis may interact with certain medications, so you must inform your healthcare provider of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products you are taking.

Fact Table for Eliquis

Fact Category Fact Details
Generic Name Apixaban
Drug Class Anticoagulant
Indications Non-valvular atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary embolism (PE), pprophylaxis after hip or knee replacement surgery
Dosage Form Oral tablet
Available Strengths 2.5 mg, 5 mg
Dosage & Administration Varies based on medical condition, age, and response to therapy; taken twice daily
Storage Store at room temperature, away from light and moisture

Common Side Effects of Eliquis

As with any medication, Eliquis may cause side effects in some patients. The most common side effects include:

  • Minor bleeding (such as nosebleeds, gum bleeding, or easy bruising)
  • Nausea
  • Anemia (low red blood cell count)

Serious side effects are less common but may include:

  • Severe bleeding (e.g., from the stomach, intestines, or brain)
  • Blood in the urine or stools
  • Prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Signs of a blood clot, such as sudden severe headache, slurred speech, or weakness on one side of the body

How Can You Buy Eliquis (Apixaban)?

You can order Eliquis using these methods on our website:

  1. Order Online
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  3. Order by Fax
  4. Order your refills

Visit our How to order page.

Pharmaserve is known for providing competitive pricing on medications like Eliquis(Apixaban), ensuring affordable access to this important treatment option.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. References

    Eliquis [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2012.

  2. What are the available Eliquis strengths?

    The most common strengths of Eliquis tablets are:

    • 2.5 mg (milligrams)
    • 5 mg (milligrams)

    The strength and dosage of Eliquis depends on an individual’s specific medical condition, age, weight, and other factors. Your healthcare provider will determine the right strength and dosage for you. It’s crucial to follow their instructions carefully and only take the strength of Eliquis that they have prescribed to ensure your safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.

  3. How much does a 2.5mg dose of Eliquis cost in Canada?

    Here are the prices for Eliquis 2.5mg and its generic equivalent in Canada:
    Eliquis (apixaban) 2.5mg:
    60 tablets: $192.75
    120 tablets: $382.08
    180 tablets: $567.18
    Generic equivalent (apixaban) 2.5mg:
    60 tablets: $77.19
    120 tablets: Not available (N/A)
    180 tablets: Not available (N/A)
    Please note that these prices may change over time, so it’s a good idea to check the current prices before making a purchase. You can find the most up-to-date prices in the product dropdown.

  4. Can Eliquis medication harm the kidneys?

    Some medications that prevent blood from clotting have been associated with harm to the kidneys. For Eliquis, research has shown that it can make the symptoms worse in people who already have a kidney problem called acute kidney injury (AKI).

  5. Is it safe to consume vegetables rich in vitamin K while taking Eliquis?

    Eliquis works differently than many other medicines that prevent blood from clotting. It focuses on clotting factor Xa, not the same way vitamin K affects clotting. So, if someone takes Eliquis, they don’t have to worry about the foods they eat that contain a lot of vitamin K. It won’t react with Eliquis.

  6. Does Eliquis ensure complete protection from strokes?

    Eliquis is a medication for people with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition. When used correctly, it can lower the chance of having a stroke. Studies have found that Eliquis can reduce the risk of stroke by 21%.

    But here’s the important part: if someone stops taking Eliquis when they’re supposed to, their risk of having a stroke goes up a lot. So, patients need to keep using this medication as prescribed to stay safe.

  7. Can Eliquis medication lead to a lack of energy or tiredness?

    Eliquis doesn’t directly cause tiredness, some people might feel tired when they have anemia or lose blood. If you start feeling extremely tired after starting this medication. You must consult your doctor to confirm whether it is just a normal fatigue or a result of internal bleeding.

  8. What is the composition of Eliquis?

    Eliquis tablets consist of:
    Tablet Ingredients:

    • Anhydrous lactose
    • Croscarmellose sodium
    • Magnesium stearate
    • Microcrystalline cellulose
    • Sodium lauryl sulphate

    Coating Ingredients:

    • Hypromellose
    • Lactose monohydrate
    • Triacetin
    • Titanium dioxide
    • Red iron oxide is used for 5 mg tablets
    • Yellow iron oxide is used for 2.5 mg tablets.
  9. Is there any negative impact of Eliquis on the immune system?

    Using Eliquis doesn’t make a person’s immune system weaker. But it can make them more likely to have problems related to bleeding, rather than having issues with their immunity or getting sick.

  10. Can Eliquis cause a sensation of coldness?

    While Eliquis is not intended to make patients feel cold, in some cases, it has been observed that patients felt colder while taking the medication.

  11. Is there a risk of Eliquis causing eye-related complications?

    Sometimes certain blood-thinning medicines can cause eye-related complications. They might make your eyesight not as clear or make a certain eye condition worse. While it’s not common, there have been a few cases where Eliquis caused some bad reactions in the eyes, like bleeding in the eye or other eye problems.

  12. Is appetite affected by the use of Eliquis?

    Eliquis can make patients feel bloated, have diarrhea, or upset their stomachs. Due to these reasons, some patients can feel less hungry.

  13. Is there a risk of hair loss when using Eliquis?

    Some blood-thinning drugs have been known to cause hair loss. But losing hair while using Eliquis is unusual.

  14. How long is Eliquis active in the body?

    The effects of Eliquis generally last around one day after you stop taking the medicine.

  15. Does Eliquis have any side effects related to the urination process?

    Eliquis can have serious side effects for some people. If you notice that your urine turns brown, pink, or red, it means you might be bleeding, and you should tell your doctor who prescribed the medication right away. This is important for your health.

  16. Is Eliquis suitable for children without any safety concerns?

    The safety of Eliquis in individuals under 18 years old has not been confirmed. Generally, children and adolescents are not prescribed Eliquis.

  17. Are precautions needed in daily activities while using Eliquis?

    Eliquis is a blood thinner, so patients need to be extra careful when doing any activity that could lead to cuts or injuries. It’s very important for individuals using Eliquis or similar blood thinners to steer clear of any situations that might cause bleeding. This means taking extra precautions while handling sharp objects like knives, opening packages with scissors, and even shaving.

  18. Are regular blood tests necessary while using Eliquis?

    There’s no need for routine INR blood tests to monitor your condition while using Eliquis. However, it’s still essential to maintain regular checkup appointments with your doctor. During these visits, you can talk about any potential side effects of Eliquis, make sure you’re taking the medication correctly, and ensure it’s effectively managing your condition.

  19. Is it safe to consume fruits while using a blood thinner such as Eliquis?

    If you’re taking medications like Eliquis, it’s recommended to avoid eating citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. This is because these fruits can affect how your body processes these medicines.

  20. What is the recommended duration for someone to take Eliquis medication?

    In certain situations, people consuming Eliquis may need to keep using the medication for a period of three to six months before it’s okay to stop. On the other hand, in different situations, a person might have to use Eliquis for a very long time to help with their health.

  21. When will a more affordable alternative to Eliquis be released in the United States?

    In 2019, the FDA permitted generic versions of Eliquis, offering hope for more affordable options. However, these options are currently off-limits in the United States due to an exclusive patent held by Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Pfizer that’s in place until November 2026. But here’s the silver lining: a generic twin of Eliquis, known as apixaban, can be conveniently acquired by our American people online through our website, ensuring a cost-effective solution.

  22. Is Eliquis classified as an anticoagulant or a blood thinner?

    Eliquis is like a protective shield, ensuring your blood flows smoothly and stays clot-free.

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References
Eliquis [package insert].New York, NY: Pfizer; 2012

Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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