What painkillers are safe to take with Eliquis?
NSAIDs can increase your risk of bleeding if you are currently undertaking Eliquis treatment. NSAIDs include common over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin. If you use these painkillers, talk to your doctor about finding an alternative. Ask if it’s safe to take acetaminophen instead.
What if I am about to undergo a medical procedure, such as a surgery, dental work, or other invasive procedure?
Let the relevant health-care provider know that you are currently taking Eliquis. This includes surgeons, oral surgeons, and dentists. Even dental procedures may cause complications since you may bleed. You may have to cease taking Eliquis, but do not stop taking Eliquis without your doctor’s approval.
What precautions do I have to take while I’m on Eliquis?
Eliquis increases your risk of bleeding, so use caution when doing any activity that may cause you to bleed. This includes extreme or contact sports, shaving, and even brushing your teeth.
What is atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation (“AFib”) is a type of arrhythmia, which is a condition of irregular heart rhythms. Patients with atrial fibrillation experience a faster than normal heart beat because the upper and lower chambers of the heart do not work properly together. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include fatigue or dizziness along with heart palpitations or chest pain.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”) is when a blood clot forms within a vein that is deep in the body. Most of the time, this means blood clots in the lower leg or thigh. A DVT can break loose from its original location and cause severe complications in the lung, which is called a pulmonary embolism. You are more at risk of getting a DVT if you sit still for long periods of time.