Eliquis (Apixaban) from Maple Leaf Medications.
How Eliquis Works in the Body
Eliquis is a blood-thinning medication that prevents blood clots from forming in the body and is usually prescribed after hip/knee replacement surgery or to treat an irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, clots can travel to different parts of the body, such as the legs and lungs, and increase your chances of a stroke. Eliquis works by blocking Factor Xa, a blood clotting factor which is essential to the process.
Some Facts About Blood Clots
Blood clots are clumps of blood that can form in the body. While clotting prevents us from bleeding out due to an injury, excessive clotting can block essential blood flow to other areas of the body as well, such as the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, legs, and abdomen.
The symptoms differ depending on the location of the clot. For instance, if the clot is present in the limbs, you may experience excessive cramping, tenderness, and persistent pain; the skin over the afflicted area may be warm to the touch as well. Similarly, if the clot is located in the abdomen, it can lead to stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.
However, in rare case blood clots can manifest without any apparent reason or conditions. It is common in people who sit for prolonged periods of time (during a long flight or during work for example), who sleep for long periods of time (people recuperating from a sickness, people suffering from depression, people who are obese, smokers, pregnant, or suffering from certain types of cancer). Besides these conditions, blood clots are also common in the elderly, people who have a family history of the condition, and who suffer from autoimmune diseases or chronic inflammation.
Before You Take Eliquis
Before taking Eliquis, you need to take certain factors under consideration to ensure a safe experience. Eliquis is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals who have a medical condition that increases their risks of bleeding out or those who are recovering from surgery should not be taking this medication either.
Similarly, if you have liver and kidney issues as well as antiphospholipid syndrome, your doctor may prescribe alternatives. Make sure that you let your doctor know about any other medication you are taking beforehand to avoid an adverse reaction.
FAQs about Eliquis
When should I take Eliquis?
The recommended dosage of Eliquis is 2.5 mg which has to be taken orally twice a day or as per doctor’s orders or 6 months after being treated for DVT (blood clots). If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and resume administration as prescribed. Do not take more than the prescribed amount.
Should I stop taking Eliquis?
Stopping your dosage can put you at an increased risk of blood clots which, in turn, increase your risk of having a stroke. If you wish to stop, do not do so without consulting with a doctor first.
What foods should I avoid while taking Eliquis?
Avoid foods that are high in vitamin K such as leafy green vegetables and certain vegetable oils. Also, avoid cranberries and products that are made from the berries.
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