Apixaban medicine is an oral anticoagulant used to decrease the risk of venous thromboses, systemic embolization, and stroke in people with atrial fibrillation. It also lowers the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus after knee or hip replacement surgery. It is also indicated for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic diseases. It plays the role of an anticoagulant and an EC coagulation factor Xa inhibitor.
Class of Drugs – Anticoagulant
Molecular Formula – C25H25N5O4
Molecular Weight – 459.5 g/mol
Working: This anticoagulant medication Apixaban is a blood thinner and prevents blood clots from forming in the body. It works by blocking the substance factor Xa, which reduces the amount of the enzyme thrombin in the blood. Thrombin is a substance made platelets in the blood to stick to one another, causing clots to form. When this substance is decreased, this prevents a clot from forming in the body.
Uses: Given medicine is the active ingredient used to prevent serious blood clots from forming due to a certain irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation or after hip/knee replacement surgery. With this atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. It is approved to treat certain types of blood clots and to prevent from forming again. It acts by blocking certain clotting proteins in the blood.
Popular Brands and Dosages: The mentioned anticoagulant medicine Apixaban is used in the following popular brand medicines:
- Eliquis: 2.5 mg and 5 mg
- Xarelto: 2.5 mg and 5 mg
- Coumadin: 2.5 mg and 5 mg
- Pradaxa: 2.5 mg and 5 mg
Given medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily alcohol consumption will increase the risk for stomach bleeding while treating with this medicine. Avoid consuming alcohol.