Note: This document contains side effect information about apixaban. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Eliquis.
Applies to apixaban: oral tablet
Oral route (Tablet)
Premature discontinuation of apixaban or any oral anticoagulant increases the risk of thrombotic events. Consider an alternative anticoagulant if apixaban treatment is discontinued for any reason other than pathological bleeding or treatment completion. In patients undergoing neuraxial anesthesia or spinal puncture, epidural or spinal hematoma risk is increased and could result in long-term or permanent paralysis. The optimal timing between dosing apixaban and neuraxial procedures is unknown. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of neurologic impairment and treat urgently. Consider the benefits and risks of neuraxial intervention in patients who are or need to be anticoagulated.
Along with its needed effects, apixaban (the active ingredient contained in Eliquis) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking apixaban:
Applies to apixaban: oral tablet
The most common adverse events were related to bleeding. Common adverse reactions were anemia, hemorrhage, and nausea.
Very common (10% or more): Minor bleed (11.7%)
Common (1% to 10%): Anemia postoperative, clinically relevant nonmajor bleed, hemoglobin decreased, anemia, hemorrhage
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Postprocedural hemorrhage, hemoglobin decrease of 2 g/dL or more, transfusion of 2 units or more red blood cells, fatal bleed, thrombocytopenia, hemorrhagic anemia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Bleed at critical site
Patients with diabetes had more bleeding events than non-diabetic subjects. Hemorrhage includes hematoma, and vaginal and urethral hemorrhage. Postprocedural hemorrhage includes postprocedural hematoma, wound hemorrhage, vessel puncture site hematoma, and catheter site hemorrhage.
Very common (10% or more): Nausea (14.1%)
Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain upper, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, gastritis, gastroenteritis, toothache, gingival bleeding, rectal hemorrhage, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage (including hematemesis and melena),
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Major gastrointestinal bleed, hematochezia, hemorrhoidal hemorrhage, hematemesis, melena, anal hemorrhage, occult blood positive, occult blood, intra-abdominal hemorrhage, mouth hemorrhage
Rare (less than 0.1%): Retroperitoneal hemorrhage
Common (1% to 10%): Hypotension, peripheral edema, atrial fibrillation, cardiac failure, hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, tachycardia, cardiac failure congestive, palpitations, thrombosis, angina pectoris, bradycardia, blood pressure increased, procedural hypotension, unstable angina, tachycardia
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, headache, fatigue, syncope, ischemic stroke, vertigo
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Somnolence, cerebrovascular accident, transient ischemic attack, major intracranial bleed, brain hemorrhage, other intracranial or intraspinal hemorrhage (including subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and spinal hematoma)
Frequency not reported: Stroke
Common (1% to 10%): Hematoma, wound hemorrhage, wound secretion
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Incision-site hemorrhage, operative hemorrhage, traumatic hematoma, injection site hematoma, vessel puncture site hematoma, application site bleeding, traumatic hemorrhage
Common (1% to 10%): Cataract, conjunctival hemorrhage, eye hemorrhage
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Major intraocular bleed, periorbital hematoma, conjunctival hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage
Frequency not reported: Ocular hemorrhage
Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, dyspnea, epistaxis, bronchitis, cough, upper respiratory tract infection, influenza, pneumonia, sinusitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory tract infection, hemoptysis, dyspnea exertional, respiratory tract infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea
Rare (less than 0.1%): Pulmonary embolism, respiratory tract hemorrhage (including pulmonary alveolar hemorrhage, laryngeal hemorrhage, and pharyngeal hemorrhage)
Very common (10% or more): Procedural pain (10.3%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia, chest pain, fall, asthenia, blood creatine phosphokinase increased, pain, body temperature increased, laceration, chest discomfort, tooth extraction
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Herpes zoster
Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection, menorrhagia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): vaginal hemorrhage, metrorrhagia, menometrorrhagia, genital hemorrhage, blood urine present, red blood cells urine positive, abnormal vaginal hemorrhage, urogenital hemorrhage
Common (1% to 10%): Hematuria, blood creatinine increased, renal failure
Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, back pain, pain in extremity, osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, arthritis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Muscle hemorrhage, joint swelling
Common (1% to 10%): Gout, diabetes mellitus, blood glucose increased, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, decreased appetite
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity (including drug hypersensitivity such as skin rash and anaphylactic reaction such as allergic edema)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Transaminases increased, AST increased, ALT increased, gamma-glutamyl transferase increased, liver function test abnormal, blood alkaline phosphatase increased, blood bilirubin increased
Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia, depression
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anxiety
Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, contusion, rash, cellulitis, ecchymosis, erythema, blister
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Skin hemorrhage, petechiae, skin rash
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Basal cell carcinoma
Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.
Source: Drugs.com Eliquis