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

What causes VTE?

Blood clotting is a natural process which helps stop bleeding. Movement of the leg muscles helps to squeeze blood through the deep leg veins back to the heart helping to maintain normal blood flow.

If blood begins to flow slower than normal through the veins it can start to clot. This is more likely to occur during periods of reduced mobility such as during or after surgery. The risk of these clots forming is also increased after major surgery when the blood thickens in an attempt to stop blood loss and heal blood vessels damaged during surgery.

While everyone will not get a blood clot, some types of VTE may be serious, so it is really important to try to prevent these clots in the first place.

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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