How should I take Eliquis?
Eliquis is usually taken twice per day. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take Eliquis with or without food.
Eliquis can be given through a nasogastric (NG) feeding tube. Crush the tablet and mix the medicine in a syringe with 60 milliliters of 5% dextrose in water (D5W). Give this mixture right away through the NG tube. Do not save for later use. Do not give this mixture by mouth.
Because Eliquis keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, this medicine can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury such as a fall or a bump on the head. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you fall or hit your head, or have any bleeding that will not stop.
If you need surgery or dental work, tell the doctor or dentist ahead of time if you have taken Eliquis within the past 24 hours. You may need to stop taking this medicine for a short time before you have surgery or other medical procedures.
Do not stop taking Eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. Stopping suddenly can increase your risk of blood clot or stroke.
If you stop taking this medicine for any reason, your doctor may prescribe another medication to prevent blood clots until you start taking Eliquis again.
Use regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
- Eliquis Information for Consumers
- Eliquis Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Eliquis (detailed)
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