Apixaban is a blood clot-reducing medication used for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. AFib Apixaban medications are available as 2.5-milligram, 5-milligram or 10-milligram pills that are taken orally.
The recommended dose of Apixaban is five milligrams. However, this depends on your age, health, and severity of your AFib. If you are an adult over the age of 80 and weigh 80 kilograms or under, the usual dose of Apixaban is 2.5 milligrams.
Only take the 10-milligram pill if you have pulmonary embolism. In this scenario, you would take the 10-milligram pill for the first seven days, and then switch to taking the 5-milligram pill twice per day. After six months, your doctor may reduce the dosage to 2.5 milligrams.
Side Effects of AFib Apixaban Medications
Side effects that may occur as a result of AFib Apixaban medications include an increased risk of bleeding in areas such as the stomach and intestines, rash, and possible allergic reaction.
It is important to talk to a doctor before you decide to take any medication that may treat your case of AFib. Apixaban is only available through a prescription that is provided by a doctor or healthcare professional.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Apixaban.
Do not take Apixaban if you plan to be pregnant or are currently pregnant because it may increase the risk of bleeding during pregnancy. Also, do not take this medication if you plan to breastfeed or if you are breastfeeding either. This is because, at the moment, no studies show whether Apixaban affects nursing and breast milk.
Let your doctor know about any other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications or vitamins that you are taking. These may negatively affect the results of Apixaban. Consequently, your doctor may want to recommend other medications if that is the case.
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