ELIQUIS (apixaban) is an oral anticoagulant. This medicine helps to prevent blood clots from forming by blocking Factor Xa, which is an important component of blood clotting.
You have been prescribed apixaban to prevent blood clots (deep vein thrombosis [DVT]) from forming after hip or knee replacement operations. After an operation to the hip or knee you may be at a higher risk of developing blood clots in your leg veins. This can cause the legs to swell, with or without pain. If a blood clot travels from your leg to your lungs, it can block blood flow causing breathlessness, with or without chest pain. This condition (pulmonary embolism) can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.