Generic Name: Apixaban
Class: Factor Xa inhibitor, anticoagulant
Availability: Prescription only
Molecular Formula: C25H25N5O4
Substance UNII: 3Z9Y7UWC1J
What is Eliquis?
Eliquis (apixaban) is a factor Xa inhibitor and anticoagulant. It is the brand name of the drug apixaban.
What is Eliquis Used For?
Eliquis is used to lower the risk of systemic embolism and stroke in individuals with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) from occurring in individuals who have had knee or hip replacement surgery. It is also used to treat PE and DVT, as well as lower the risk of recurrent PE and DVT after initial treatment.
How Does Eliquis Work?
Eliquis inhibits the action of Factor Xa, which helps reduce the production of thrombin. Thrombin is an enzyme that plays a role in the formation of blood clots. Blocking this action may help prevent the development of blood clots.
How Long Does it Take for Eliquis to Work?
Eliquis starts to prevent clotting from occurring in the blood within a few hours after the initial dose is taken. When you stop taking it, the clotting effects start wearing off within one day for many individuals.
Do Not Use Eliquis If:
There are several situations where this medication may not be the right choice for you. According to the FDA, the following should not use Eliquis:
- Individuals who have active pathological bleeding, since this medication can lead to fatal bleeding.
- Individuals who have had a severe hypersensitivity reaction to apixaban, such as an anaphylactic reaction.
Please note that this list may not be complete, and there may be other situations where use of this drug is not advisable.