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    Information about Apixaban

    Apixaban uses

    Apixaban is used in the treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
    It is also used to prevent blood clots in the veins after knee or hip replacement surgery. Additionally, it reduces the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have abnormal heart beats.

    How apixaban works

    Apixaban is a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC). It works by preventing the formation of blood clots in the body.

    Common side effects of apixaban


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    Expert advice for Apixaban

    • Good medication for preventing blood clots.
    • For best results, take Apixaban at the same time every day.
    • Doesn't require regular blood tests (PT-INR).
    • Interacts less with food or other medicines; hence doesn’t require frequent dose changes.
    • Apixaban increases your risk of bleeding. Be careful while shaving, cutting fingernails or toenails, using sharp objects or engaging in contact sports (e.g. football, wrestling).
    • Notify your doctor if you see blood in your vomit, urine or stool (black, tarry stools or bright red blood).
    • Notify your doctor if you have any kidney problem.
    • If you are going to have a surgery or dental treatment, you may be asked to stop taking Apixaban temporarily.

    Frequently asked questions for Apixaban


    Q. Is Apixaban an anticoagulant?

    Yes, Apixaban is an anticoagulant that prevents formation and development of blood clot

    Q. Is apixaban safer than warfarin?

    Apixaban is safer than warfarin as it affects only factor X, instead of all clotting factors affected by warfarin, leading to decreased risk of bleeding from various body organs. However, each of the drugs has its own uses and is used taking into consideration the requirements of the disease and the patient

    Q. Can I take ibuprofen with apixaban?

    No. Using apixaban together with ibuprofen may increase the risk of bleeding, including severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhage

    Q. Does Apixaban affect International normalized ration (INR)?

    Apixaban affects INR variably, however, INR levels which indicate coagulability of blood cannot be used to monitor Apixaban treatment

    Q. How long does Apixaban take to work?

    Apixaban takes 1-2 hours to start acting, with peak effect seen at 3-4 hours of oral intake

    Q. Does Apixaban have an antidote?

    Apixaban does not have an antidote. Overdose may be corrected by surgical haemostasis or the transfusion of fresh frozen plasma

    Q. Is Apixaban dialyzable?

    No, Apixaban is not dialyzable.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)