What is Direct-acting Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs)?Apixaban is a direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) which are medications used to prevent and treat blood clots.
This medication interferes with normal blood clotting (coagulation). It is commonly known as a “blood thinner” although it does not actually cause the blood to become less thick, only less likely to clot. It helps to reduce the risk of blood clot formation or to treat blood clots that have already formed. Apixaban does not dissolve clots that have already been formed but may prevent the clots from growing larger, while letting the body’s natural processes dissolve the clots.
People who are taking this medication do not require frequent blood tests to check the effectiveness of the medication. Your doctor may however order blood tests to check how well your kidneys and liver are working. If you have a severe kidney or liver problem, Apixaban may not be the right medication for you.
You are taking Apixaban for (please tick)
For stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (Irregular heart rhythm)
□ For the prevention of blood clot formation following hip or knee replacement surgery
□ For the treatment or prevention of recurrence of deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg)
□ For the treatment or prevention of recurrence of pulmonary embolism (blood clot which has travelled to the lung)
□ Other indication, please specify: _____________________________
Duration of treatment may vary from 3-6 months to long term depending on your condition.
The possible side effects of Apixaban include allergic reaction and nausea. The other side effect of apixaban is bleeding which is related mainly to Apixaban's effect of delaying blood clotting. Check with your doctor if you experience the following side effects:
Action: Check with your doctor as soon as possible if the bleeding does not stop within 15 min or if you feel unwell.
Action: For women, increased menstrual flow is common but check with your doctor if you feel unwell.
Serious effects of apixaban include:
Action: Check with your doctor immediately or admit yourself to the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) if you experience any of the symptoms or feel unwell.
Apixaban should be taken as prescribed by the doctor twice daily. It can be taken with or without food.
You are taking this medicine two times daily. If there is any missed dose, take the dose as soon as you remember.
Please call the Pharmacy at _________________ should you have any query.
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