Generic Name(s): Apixaban
Drug Class: anticoagulant
Treats: blood clots
Eliquis is a medicine used in the prevention of blood clot formation in patients with atrial fibrillation. It may also be used to prevent blood clots in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Its active ingredient is a drug called apixaban, which prevents blood from congealing together into damaging clots.
Eliquis (apixaban) is a medication that prevents blood clots. It is mostly prescribed to individuals with atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat. The same type of blood clot can be seen after a hip or knee replacement surgery.
Eliquis works by helping or preventing blood platelets from sticking together and form a blood clot. The drug can also be used be used to lower the risks of getting a stroke due to a blood clot in people with an irregular heartbeat. Eliquis acts more of an anticoagulant drug that works by blocking clotting in the blood.
The drug is supplied in the form of a solution and is typically taken twice a day. Nausea and minor bleeding are some of the side effects of Eliquis.