Apixaban (generic name) is sold under the brand name eliquis. Eliquis is a prescription medication used to reduce the risk of clot formation. These blood clots formed due to irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) or after replacement surgery of either hip or knee. The class for this drug is factor Xa inhibitors.
Eliquis is also an anticoagulant (blood thinner), that works by stopping an enzyme complex called factor Xa, this reduces the creation of blood clots in the body. Due to the reduced creation of blood clots, the risk of stroke or heart attack also reduces.
REQUIRED PROCEDURE FOR ELIQUIS
Before starting any treatment, it is recommended to consult your doctor or any other medical professional to get full information about the medication. Because it is mandatory to know if the drug is safe for you or not.
In general prescriptions by medical professionals or drug specialists, the suggested dose for eliquis is 10 mg taken orally two times a day for the first initial days (7 days approx) of therapy. After 7 days, the patient can reduce the dose to 5 mg two times a day.
WHAT ARE FOODS THAT ARE RISK?
During medical treatment, healthcare professionals provide suggestions and recommendations about food that do not go well with the medication and this advice should be taken seriously otherwise can cause severe issues. During this medication eating food that is rich in vitamin k is less advisable. Some Vitamin K-rich foods are the following:
- Green onions
- Limit Caffeine
- Grapefruit juice
- Brussels sprouts
Vitamin K-rich foods decrease the effectiveness of warfarin by restricting the effect of vitamin k in the blood. High-fat foods are also restricted because they can cause heart disease or stroke.
To get a complete guide on what to eat and what to avoid during eliquis medication, call our medical professionals at Specialty Care Clinic.
- Eliquis present in two dosages of 2.5 mg or 5 mg in a tablet form to be taken by mouth.
- Advised dose to be taken two times a day.
- After the replacement surgery, the first dose should be taken within 12 hours to 24 hours.
- The dose should start twice a day after one month (approximately 32 to 38 days) of hip replacement surgery and 10 to 14 days after knee replacement surgery.
Every medication has its own side effects which can depend from person to person. Some side effects can be common and some can be severe.
- Bleeding gums
- Vaginal bleeding
- Red, pink urine
- Tarry stool
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
- Facial swelling
- Breathing problem
Besides the above mentioned, there can be more side effects depending on the patient’s reaction toward medication.
GENERIC AVAILABILITY OF ELIQUIS MEDICATION
The Food and Drug Administration has approved eliquis generics as apixaban and its application to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. It is provided as a treatment to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients who have gone through hip or knee replacement surgery.
GENERAL ADVICE TO TAKE FROM YOUR DOCTOR
Medication should always be taken on the doctor’s advice and also be stopped by taking the doctor’s advice. Some medications have their own side effects. There are some general precautions you can follow during medication like
- Follow the chart given regarding what foods to intake and avoid foods with vitamin k.
- What type of drink is avoidable
- When to take a dose
- Duration between doses
- What other medication you can have with eliquis
- About side effects
The makers of Eliquis medicine provide educational information to the healthcare professional that prescribes the beforehand precaution for possible bleeding during treatment.
Hence, for the safe and effective use of medication, it’s important to follow the doctor’s guidance.
In studies, eliquis was compared to enoxaparin (another medication to prevent blood clot), in which eliquis effectiveness was measured in the process; that includes participating patients who had blood clot problems or died during treatment.
It was also found effective in preventing arterial blood clots and strokes.
Blood clotting can lead to another heart disease (stroke) that can be dangerous. To prevent severe cases, try our Eliquis Medication today. Call us at 469-545-9983.