Eliquis (apixaban) is a blood thinner often prescribed for those with an irregular heartbeat or those who have had a recent hip or knee replacement surgery. The medication helps prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, as well as other blood clots that can cause stroke. It’s also one of the top 20 most popular medications, that Hero users take regularly.
Eliquis comes as an oral tablet. Dosage varies based on medical condition, age, weight, and other factors considered by your doctor, but is commonly prescribed twice daily. Be sure to tell your doctor about other medicines (both prescription or non-prescription) you’re currently taking, as some medications can interfere with one another. But don’t worry, your Hero app can also continuously check all of the medications you’re taking to see if there are any conflicts every time you update your regimen.
Eliquis side effects may include:
- Minor bleeding
- Easily bruising
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding gums when brushing teeth
Mild side effects may go away after a few weeks of beginning the medication. If they become more severe or don’t go away, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Prolonged bleeding
- Unusual bruising
- Dark or pink urine
- Coughing up blood
- Bloody vomit
- Vomit that resembles coffee grounds
- Dizziness or fainting
- Vision changes
- Slurred speech
Allergic reactions to Eliquis are rare. If you notice any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, call 911 and tell your doctor immediately:
- Severe dizziness
- Difficulty breathing
Potential Drug Interactions
Taking Eliquis in addition to the following types of medications may cause drug interactions, including an increased risk of bleeding in some cases:
- Other anticoagulants/blood thinners
- Antiplatelet agents
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
- Some antidepressants
- Medications used to treat seizures
- HIV medications
Potential Food Interactions
Also be sure to consult with your doctor about foods to avoid, such as grapefruit and grapefruit juice, while taking Eliquis.
For these reasons, make sure to bring a list of all current medications when you see your doctor, and follow his or her guidelines carefully. Consult with your doctor and pharmacist about any potential drug interactions to avoid the risk of serious side effects.
If you’re taking multiple medications and need help keeping tabs on all of your meds, consider a pill dispenser or an in-home medication manager such as Hero. Hero can help keep track of all your medications, remind you when it’s time to take them, and even automatically send in a script for refills when dosages are low.
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