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User Reviews for Apixaban to treat Prevention of Thromboembolism in Atrial Fibrillation

Also known as: Eliquis

Apixaban has an average rating of 4.5 out of 10 from a total of 86 ratings for the treatment of Prevention of Thromboembolism in Atrial Fibrillation. 30% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 49% reported a negative effect.

Apixaban Rating Summary

4.5/10 average rating

86 ratings from 100 user reviews.

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Reviews for Apixaban

Lindy August 5, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “Been on Eliquis a little over a month after having one Afib attack. 2.5 mg twice a day. Hate it and hate the metoprolol I am also taking. Both have exact same side effects so hard to tell which causes me problems. I had ringing in the ears before these meds but meds make it way worse. Aches all over. Kidneys hurt. Headaches most of the time. Itching. Starting to lose hair. Tingling in legs and feet. I think the metoprolol causes the frequent urination but I think so does Eliquis. When you get a printout from the Dr or pharmacy you only get a few of the side effects. I use this Drugs.com site to find out ALL side effects of any med. I have been told through the years by different Drs how well I do with pain. I felt so bad today I just cried. This stuff is poison. 68 yr old female with no other health problems. Til I started taking this poison. May look into natural treatment before this stuff is awful. So sick.”

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lwlnng2wndvjqo1 · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 17, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “Have the god given good sense to question doctors and if the substance is doing all you say it is, get off it. Besides, from all I can determine, Eliquis doesn't directly address AFIB, only potential symptoms resulting from AFIB. This stuff ain't good for you and will only add additional complications making living absolutely miserable. I wonder just how much kick back is sent to doctors and pharmacies for recommending this stuff.”

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dk9766 April 3, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “I have A-Fib and had a pacemaker installed in December 2019, at that time my doctor had told me as soon as I am healed from the pacemaker procedure he wanted to do an ablation for the A-Fib. about 1 month and a half ago he prescribed Eliquis for my procedure that was supposed to be April 9th but has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 issues. I have gained about 15-20 lbs since I started taking it, I am fatigued and my joints ache and hurt all the time, and I am having problems having regular bowel movements. I thought I was losing my mind to begin with until I looked at some of these reviews and saw others who were having the same kinds of issues. I am still on it and don't have any idea when I might be able to have the procedure and get off of it. I asked the nurse if the weight gain or constipation might be from Eliquis and she said no...???? Prayers for me would be appreciated!”

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Mary · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 18, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “I want to let people know there are alternatives to medication. Eliquis caused my husband to be very sick. He had atrial flutter. But try natural remedies to strengthen the heart like Hawthorn solid extract and coQ10. Speak to a herbalist natural may work for you. Pharma just wants to keep you on medications for the money they only treat the symptoms not the underlying condition which could be a mineral deficiency or something to strengthen the heart.. So please look in to alternatives not just pharmaceuticals”

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SG · Taken for less than 1 month June 18, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “My sister was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and was prescription Eliquis. After three weeks of constant head aches, which she reported to her doctor, they made her an appointment for a check up. Three days before her appointment she suffered a brain aneurysm and died. The doctor attending her said they had "reports" of this "common" problem. If you're prescribed a medication that makes you feel worse and your doctor doesn't respond immediately with a solution, go to someone who will respond. Check the warning on the medication website, it could save your life.”

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Daughter · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “My 88 year old father was prescribed the lowest dosage of Eliquis, which he took for 2 days before experiencing a catastrophic spontaneous brain bleed resulting in a coma. He died 4 days later. The death certificate listed the the cause of death as Acute Hemorrhagic Stroke as a consequence of anticoagulation with Apixaban (Eliquis). He was in excellent health. This should not have happened.”

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PeggyV April 19, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “Because of an irratic heart beat, my cardiologist put me on Eliquis 2.5mg twice a day. I have been on this med. For about 4 months. Mainly,I am having pain in my feet and redness, particularly when I get up in the morning. Also, I have pain in my left ankle, together with one of my toes. I have also notice pains in my arms and hands. I keep thinking it is arthritis. In addition, I feel out of balance when I walk, plus vision seems affected. I still function, but moderately. I also take Metoprolol, 12.5mg per day. Help....I am 81 years old.”

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KittyKat K-K · Taken for less than 1 month April 17, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “Cardiologist prescribed Eliquis 3 weeks ago for occasional Afib, and was ugly to me when I said “that’s pretty strong to start out with”. I regret not discussing this with my primary care doctor because he agreed with me! Still, he wasn’t comfortable taking me off of it since he didn’t prescribe it. I was light headed the first week and for the last week I have been experiencing the worst joint pain and headache ever!! I told my husband I cannot and will not live like this!! I will be in the cardiologists office tomorrow for testing...I intend to find a way to get off this HORRIBLE “poison”!!!”

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dan · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 24, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “I was on Eliquis for three weeks prior to a cardioversion. Made me feel tired, fatigued, no motivation. I would get a headache in the afternoon and would wake up with a headache. I would sometimes feel woozy, almost dizzy. After cardioversion I went to 1/2 tablet for a week. Side effects somewhat less, but still terrible. I didn't feel like doing anything, dishes piled up in the sink, house didn't get swept, I just felt like sitting. I stopped and the next day felt great. Not doing this again.”

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Elise · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 20, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “My mom was put on Eliquis for a-fib, then after a month and a half she started bleeding rectally. We took her to the emergency room where they found that it was necessary to give her a blood transfusion. It took 2.5 days for the bleeding to stop. She was put in rehab, but after 11 days her blood pressure dropped dangerously low. She died a few days later and I feel that this entire event was a result of Eliquis. Older people should not be put on this drug!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 10, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “Mother had good health for 94 yr old, able to care for herself, socialize + enjoy with zest for life. She was put on this drug because of irregular heart rhythm. She went down in bathroom, was taken to ED, cat scanned with brain bleed. Came home, perked up to her old self but 10 days later, lost speech+self-care - new CAT scan reveals more bleed, now she's on hospice. Crazy. We believe drug has all to do with this because of her health status+ NO chronic conditions, none. This lady could stay up all day, drove her own car until 6 wks ago, ate 3 meals a day, went to church every Sunday. Carried a just-in-case cane, for balance.”

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Nick · Taken for less than 1 month December 20, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “My mother (75) was taken off Warfarin after 20 years, and prescribed Eliquis for convenience. Four days on Eliquis was more than enough, just got back from the ER where we spent the night getting her checked out. She experienced tremors, fatigue, nausea, loss of balance, and basically felt like rubbish! This drug seems quite dangerous, even though our cardiologist tells us she has successfully placed hundreds on the drug. I would not recommend it to anyone!!!”

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NZnurse · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 17, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “My Husband has been on Eliquis 5mg twice a day for several months after being on Plavix after a Coronary Stent in Dec 2019. The Cardiologist insisted since he has had Atrial Fib when ever he has a health crisis. So on the Plavix he had some nasty bruising when ever he had blood drawn. Now on the Eliquis he has swelling in his hands and arms. Worse is the swelling of face around the mouth and lips. He also loses his voice from pharyngeal swelling. His breathing is fine. It usually settles down after a few hrs but last time it took longer. We cut the Eliquis in half and reduced the dose but he has had the same reaction again. It happens after taking it in the evening and swelling comes up over night. Changing back to Aspirin to see if the Eliquis is the problem. He is also on Toprol or Metaprolol which he has also cut back on to 50mg once a day. His BP and pulse are fine. Age 74 and almost completely incapacitated by these drugs. Not sleeping, and loss of appetite also.”

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Maria · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 30, 2018

Eliquis (apixaban): “My father was put on this drug by his doctor 5 mg twice a day. Doctor said he had a fib which was news to him. But two weeks after he started or maybe three weeks he developed this crazy itching feeling all over his body, stabbing pains in his stomach, wheezing, and then it gave him some kind of an ulcerated ulcer in the stomach where his stool was black, took him to his doctor and they found blood in the stool. Also he was wheezing for a month took him for an x-ray and he was in the beginnings of pneumonia. Needless to say his regular doctor told him to get off of Eliquis. My dad walks for an hour on the treadmill and the past couple of weeks he noticed that his heart was starting to go fast and he would get out of breath very easily and that’s never happened before. Think twice before you start taking this drug.”

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Haggy · Taken for less than 1 month May 24, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “Shortly after starting Eliquis I became short of breath and developed red itchy botches on my legs. Can hardly walk to the corner now. Feel unwell and lightheaded.Think I will look into getting off this horrible drug. Have no life anyway taking it. What else will this poison cause next. Calling FDA.”

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Dodee51 · Taken for less than 1 month December 19, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “I was in Afib in the hospital this last time and they prescribed Eliquis. This is HORRIBLE medicine. I was only on it for 8 days and I got severe vertigo and I was so winded that I couldn't even walk to the kitchen without feeling like I was gonna faint. My appetite was almost non existent. I will NEVER take this medicine again. The side effects are brutal.”

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Delroy November 26, 2013

Eliquis (apixaban): “I have Atrial Fibrillation and thought I would try Eliquis due to its superior safety protocol. I have only been on it for 2 weeks but after the first several days, I have noticed an increasing burning/flushing sensation similar to a sun burn over most of my body. I have not had any gastrointestinal upset. I will continue to take Eliquis for a few more days but may have to discontinue it.”

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Totoro · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 16, 2014

Eliquis (apixaban): “I have been taking Eliquis for eight months now. I have been in and out of atrial fibrillation, and have had no problems with Eliquis. None of the side effects have appeared for me. It is easy to use and a huge improvement over warfarin.”

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Batty November 21, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “Where is the Eliquis generic; pharmaceutical company made generic; seniors cannot afford these big prices; we will soon have to go off it and have strokes and everything else because of the high price; some seniors have to go hungry so they can buy the expensive Eliquis; this is a shame”

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CindyLou · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 9, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “My mom had triple coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with occassional afib which happened little over three months ago. So was put on Eliquis She has been hospitalized twice since then and was not progressing in her recovery. She had rectal bleeding and bright red to pink urine along with water retention and problems breathing. Heart was checking out completely fine, doctors were at a loss. Finally my daughter and I got ahold of lab results to discover she was anemic. Doctors missed the lab results!! Stopped the Eliquis January 24th, hospital gave her 2 units of blood and now she’s like a whole new person. Feeling better, rectal bleeding stopped after 2 days off eliquis, lost 25 lbs in water! She’ll be going on Coumadin. Sorry we’ll take the extra blood work and watching what foods she eats over this rubbish any day! Nightmare ”

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Sandy · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 20, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “After a routine internist visit and then an EKG, I was diagnosed with Afib but with low pulse, therefore, I have no major symptoms of Afib--maybe a sometimes pounding heart. Saw two cardiologists and was placed on Eliquis. Since then I have major joint pain, very difficult climbing steps, and also dizziness, very fatigued, a bit itchy. All in all the joint pain was unreal and I took myself off of the 2.5 mg twice a day that I was taking (even though my prescription was 5 mg twice a day). Eliquis has lactose in it and I am lactose intolerant so I immediately noticed a problem and that is why I cut my pills in half to give me a 2.5 mg pill. That did solve the lactose problem with the joint issues were not solved until I got off of the medication. I was on it for maybe 2 months so I am unsure how expensive it was ultimately going to run because I was given a free month and then a reduced rate month and I am 72 years old.”

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Achenomore · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 7, 2018

Eliquis (apixaban): “Symptoms of joint pain, fatigue, and burning skin came on gradually until it felt as if I had the flu with burning skin. Symptoms started to resolve within two days of discontinuing this drug. You couldn’t pay me to take it again.”

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Jane · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 21, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “I have been diagnosed with intermittent atrial fibrillation I am 59 years old was put on eliquis. And after a month I have dizzy spells where I feel like I'm am going to faint. And very weak..its got to the point I am scared to drive...also wants to put me on maltaq. Heart pill which I am scared to take because of a lot of side effects I have read...waiting on Maltaq for now because I now have gall stones and am going to have to have surgery.. I feel I have no life now..”

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Anne · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 1, 2020

Eliquis (apixaban): “I was on Eliquis from 11/2019- 7/2020. In the Spring of 7/2020 started having dizziness until I went to ER and found out I was having TIA’s. I was taken off that med. It didn’t work for me and there is no blood draws to prove it is even working. Now I am on baby aspirin and Coumadin which is working. There should be some lab for that. I am still healing and just waiting for my right eye to heal.”

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Jake · Taken for less than 1 month May 5, 2019

Eliquis (apixaban): “I can't tell how effective Eliquis was as I was only able to take it. for three days before stopping. Gave me terrible stomach and intestinal issues. Also headache, blurry vision, weakness. Doc switched me to Xarelto which gave me worse side effects. Now on Coumadin as a last resort and having stomach issues from that as well. My doctor is understanding but I am preparing for an ablation and so need to be on a blood thinner for 1 month before and 1 month after. I am so sensitive to all meds and hoping I can tough it out.”

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