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What Not to Do While Taking Eliquis

Thursday 10 June 2021
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Table of Contents

I. How Eliquis Prevents Blood Clots

II. The Risk of Excessive Bleeding

a. Avoid Contact Sports

b. Practicing Caution at All Times

c. Carry the Antidote

III. Drug Interactions to Avoid

IV. Buy Apixaban Online

How Eliquis Prevents Blood Clots

Health conditions such as atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and diabetes can increase the risk of blood clots. Family history, genetics, and lifestyle factors like smoking and lack of exercise can contribute to your risk level as well. If you are at risk of blood clots, your doctor may prescribe Eliquis (apixaban).  

This medication is a blood thinner that helps prevent blood clots by inhibiting an important clotting enzyme called factor Xa. Eliquis is approved to treat and prevent deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). By preventing blood clots, Eliquis may lower your risk of life-threatening complications like heart attack and stroke.

Apixaban has many health benefits, but it must be properly taken to be safe and effective. Because apixaban reduces the body’s clotting ability, the most common and dangerous side effect of Eliquis is excessive bleeding. Read on to learn what not to do while taking Eliquis. [1]


The Risk of Excessive Bleeding

a. Avoid Contact Sports

When taking Eliquis, it may be best not to play contact sports such as hockey, soccer, football, or rugby. When the blood is unable to fully clot, even minor cuts can cause bleeding that does not stop. Significant blood loss may occur, potentially leading to hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening condition that makes it impossible for the heart to pump enough blood to your body. [2]

Severe blood loss can lead to organ failure, so the enjoyment of contact sports may not be worth the risk. Internal injuries, especially to the head, are even more dangerous because there are no signs that you are bleeding on the inside. If you take a knock while on blood thinners, see your doctor just to be safe. [3]  

b. Practicing Caution at All Times

Contact sports are not the only activities that can cause excessive bleeding. When taking apixaban, it is best not to use sharp objects (knives, scissors, or gardening tools) without wearing protective gloves. It may also be safer not to shave with a blade but use an electric razor or hair-removing cream instead. You will also need to be careful with retainers or dentures that do not fit properly because they may cause your gums to bleed. By practicing caution in your everyday activities, you can minimize the risk of a bleeding event. [3]

c. Carry the Antidote

Staying completely injury-free can be difficult, and you will likely pick up cuts here and there despite your best efforts. Even clipping your nails too short can cause excessive bleeding when you are on blood thinners, so it is important to carry the antidote to reverse the effect of Eliquis in emergencies.

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An antidote for blood thinners has been long-awaited. In 2018, the FDA approved andexanet alfa to reverse bleeding in patients taking Eliquis. Having an antidote for excessive bleeding significantly improves the safety of apixaban. By reversing the effects of Eliquis, the body resumes its clotting ability to stop blood loss. If you have been prescribed Eliquis, ask your doctor about receiving an antidote. [4]

Drug Interactions to Avoid

You should not take other medications while taking Eliquis without your doctor’s approval. Before starting treatment with apixaban, inform your doctor about any health conditions and the drugs you are taking. Talk to your doctor if you cannot stop treatment for another disease without risking adverse effects. Your doctor will adjust your dosages so that you can take Eliquis while continuing your previous treatment plan. Generally, the following drugs may interact with Eliquis:

  • Aspirin
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Medicine that contains heparin
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Blood thinners such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) and Coumadin (warfarin) [5]

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Buy Apixaban Online

Eliquis is considered a new blood thinner and has many advantages over older anticoagulants. Eliquis is convenient because it does not require frequent blood tests. Apixaban also has fewer food interactions, so you will have more freedom in your diet. But this means that apixaban is more expensive than blood thinners like warfarin.

The good news is that brand-name Xarelto and generic apixaban is available through an online Canadian pharmacy like Canada Drug Warehouse. Buying online gives you access to the biggest discounts on the market. You will also save time by not needing to visit a physical pharmacy. Fill your prescription for Xarelto on Canada Drug Warehouse and experience a new way of buying medications today.

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