It is important to read the patient information leaflet provided with each pack of medicine. Remember to take apixaban regularly as instructed by your doctor, and do not miss a dose. The length of treatment with apixaban can vary: some people may need to take it long term. Do not stop taking apixaban without talking to your doctor first, because the risk of developing a blood clot could be higher if you stop treatment too early.
Apixaban must always be taken twice a day. For example, one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening. Try to take the tablets at the same time every day. The usual dose of apixaban is one 5mg tablet twice daily. However, certain groups of patients may be prescribed 2.5mg twice daily by their doctor. This medicine should be swallowed with a drink of water. It can be taken with or without food.
Whilst on this medicine, please inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking apixaban if you are having a surgical or dental procedure.
Make sure that you tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist about any other medicines you are taking, including medicines you have bought yourself in the pharmacy without a prescription (e.g. aspirin) and any herbal remedies you may be taking (e.g. St. John’s Wort).