Eliquis tablets contain the active ingredient Apixaban, a type of medicine known as an anti-thrombotic. Apixaban prevents harmful blood clots from forming in the blood vessels. Eliquis may be prescribed to prevent blood clots following hip or knee replacement surgery, or to treat and prevent clots in the legs or in the lungs.
Eliquis is used to prevent and treat blood clots. Following hip or knee replacement surgery, blood clots can form. Slowed blood flow in the leg and pelvic pain due to immobility during the recovery period increases the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage—most often a blood clot—in the lungs. Eliquis may be prescribed to prevent and treat these types of blood clots. It works by blocking Factor Xa, which is a critical component of clotting formation.
Eliquis may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of a stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). People with AF have an irregular and usually rapid heart rate which can cause unstable blood flow in the chambers of your heart. This could result in a small blood clot that could travel in the blood vessels and get stuck in a smaller blood vessel in the brain, which could cause a stroke. Additional risk factors for people with AF include high blood pressure, diabetes, age (75 years old and up), heart failure, and history of stroke. Eliquis will not cure atrial fibrillation but it can reduce your risk of a clot that causes a medical crisis.
As with all prescription drugs, there are potential side effects of Eliquis.
Some people may experience: