Medically Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, M.D.
Last Reviewed: Jul 14, 2022
Eliquis can cause serious health problems, especially in certain high-risk patients. Some of the risks of Eliquis therapy are described below.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Eliquis (apixaban) or any of the active or inactive ingredients in Eliquis tablets, other anticoagulants, or other drugs. Your pharmacy can give you a list of ingredients.
Give your healthcare provider a complete medical history. Eliquis may not be right for people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor if you have an artificial heart valve or have had bleeding problems in the past, such as heavy bleeding that could not be easily stopped. Also, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or a condition called antiphospholipid syndrome, which is associated with abnormal blood clotting.
Give your doctor a complete list of your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products, especially St. John’s Wort. This can help avoid serious interactions between Eliquis and your other medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, undertaking pregnancy planning, or breastfeeding.
Keep all your appointments with your healthcare professional while on Eliquis. Your doctor may need to perform dose adjustment.
Contact your healthcare professional without delay if you experience any unusual bleeding. Call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you suffer any injuries, especially a head injury, while on Eliquis.
Call your doctor if you become pregnant while on Eliquis.
Tell all your healthcare professionals you are on Eliquis. This is especially important before undergoing any invasive procedure or elective surgery, including dental surgery. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking Eliquis and put you on a different medication to prevent blood clots around the time of your procedure or surgery. Follow your doctor’s directions carefully about stopping and restarting Eliquis.
Taking Eliquis with other medications can affect how much of the medication stays in your body and how it works. Some drug interactions can increase bleeding risk and other serious adverse effects, while others can make Eliquis less effective. Your physician may choose a different medication for you, change the dose or frequency of one or both medicines, and/or closely monitor you for side effects if there are known interactions between Eliquis and your other medications.
Concomitant administration of Eliquis and the following medications can cause problems:
This list may not describe all possible Eliquis interactions. Give your healthcare professionals a complete list of your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products, especially St. John’s Wort. Also, tell your health care provider if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs because some of these substances can cause serious health complications when used with prescription drugs.