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

How to take apixaban

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. Your doctor will decide how long you must continue treatment for.

Apixaban must always be taken twice a day. Try to take the tablets at the same time every day. This medicine should be swallowed with a drink of water. It can be taken with or without food.

To treat blood clots in the veins of your legs and blood clots in the blood vessels of your lungs: The recommended dose is two tablets of apixaban 5 mg twice a day for the first 7 days, for example, two in the morning and two in the evening. After 7 days the recommended dose is one tablet of apixaban 5 mg twice a day, for example, one in the morning and one in the evening.

For preventing blood clots from re-occurring following completion of 6 months of anticoagulant treatment for DVT and/or PE: The recommended dose is one tablet of apixaban 2.5 mg twice a day for example, one in the morning and one in the evening.

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).

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 www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

Side effects for this medicine should also be reported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Information on 0800 731 1736 or medical.information@bms.com.