Eliquis (apixaban) may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is important to discuss with a doctor potential Eliquis alternatives.
What are your options when it comes to alternatives for Eliquis?
For AFIB (Atrial Fibrillation)
Individuals with atrial fibrillation have other blood thinner options available if they are unable to take Eliquis. Warfarin is one option for preventing blood clots. However, this medication requires regular testing to monitor its effects, since it can cause severe bleeding in some patients.
Other anticoagulant medications that may be used instead of Eliquis include rivaroxaban (Xarelto), edoxaban (Savaysa), and dabigatran (Pradaxa). These blood thinners have shorter-acting qualities compared to warfarin and are generally considered safer. They are not approved for use in those who have mechanical heart valves.
For DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and PE (Pulmonary Embolism) Treatment and Prophylaxis
Blood thinners can be used to prevent and treat blood clots in those with DVT or PE from getting worse or preventing them from forming. Those who cannot take Eliquis have other options available, including injections of heparin, dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), or fondaparinux (Arixtra). Other oral blood thinning medications similar to Eliquis include dabigatran (Pradaxa), edoxaban (Savaysa), and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). Warfarin is another oral anticoagulant, although it is usually considered more of a risk than other oral blood thinners and requires routine monitoring.
For Blood Clots
Blood thinners are used for preventing blood clots from forming or reducing the risk of having them become worse if you already have them. Individuals who need an alternative to Eliquis for blood clots have several options available. Other oral blood thinning medications include rivaroxaban (Xarelto), dabigatran (Pradaxa), and edoxaban (Savaysa). Warfarin is another oral blood thinner that can be used, although it is associated with certain risks, such as a higher risk of bleeding. Other forms of anticoagulant medications are available as well, such as injectable heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), dalteparin (Fragmin), and fondaparinux (Arixtra).