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Studies on Eliquis (apixaban) and pregnancy do not provide enough information on potential risks and effects in women. Animal studies involving rabbits, mice, and rats have shown no developmental toxicities. However, more research is needed in order to determine the safety of using Eliquis (apixaban) during pregnancy in humans.

With insufficient data on these risks and a higher risk of bleeding during pregnancy and delivery, the use of Eliquis in pregnant women is not recommended. The risk of other complications, such as miscarriage and major birth defects, is unknown.

Eliquis and Breastfeeding

Not enough is known about whether or not exposure to Eliquis occurs through human breast milk. Potential effects on infants who breastfeed while the mother is using Eliquis is unknown as well. There is also no data on the use of Eliquis and milk production. Until more research is done, the use of Eliquis is not recommended for women who are nursing.


Is it safe to take blood thinners while pregnant?

Not all blood thinners are considered safe to take during pregnancy. Some women may be able to take anticoagulant medications, such as heparin injections, with their doctor’s approval if the benefits outweigh potential risks. Other blood thinners, such as warfarin, are associated with a possible increased risk of birth defects.                               

Is Eliquis safe during pregnancy?

Eliquis is not considered safe to take during pregnancy, since there is not enough data on possible risks in pregnant women. Those who need treatment to reduce the risk of blood clots or to treat blood clots should talk to their doctor about safe anticoagulant options.

Which anticoagulant can be used during pregnancy?

Although Eliquis is not recommended during pregnancy, there are serious risks involved with blood clotting that can cause pregnancy complications. Heparin injections may be used as anticoagulants in some women during pregnancy in order to reduce these risks. However, the benefits of using this medication should be greater than the potential risks involved.

Can blood thinners cause miscarriage?

There is not enough data to determine if using blood thinners is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage. However, studies on the use of blood thinners to prevent recurring miscarriage have been done. A 2015 study showed that the use of heparin was not associated with an improved rate of live births in women who experience consecutive recurring miscarriage, for example.

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