This information is intended for patients prescribed apixaban in UK only.

How to Take Apixaban for Atrial Fibrillation

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).

Apixaban (ELIQUIS) can also be used to treat other conditions:

If you are unsure what you have been prescribed apixaban for, please check with your doctor as the information on this page may not be relevant to you.

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Patients prescribed apixaban

This section is intended for patients prescribed apixaban in the UK to provide information on this medicine, and its uses. It is not intended to replace in any way the opinion of a healthcare professional. For specific information about the pathology and/or detection, diagnosis, prognosis, administration and, where applicable, appropriate treatment for each specific case, please promptly consult a healthcare professional. The use of this website is subject to the legal notice, the privacy and cookie policy, the pharmacovigilance notice (if appropriate) and the applicable laws and regulations.

Report Side Effects

If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at

Side effects for this medicine should also be reported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Information on 0800 731 1736 or