Hi, my question is specifically regarding the new biologic blood thinners (I'm on Eliquis/apixaban), and I'm wondering a couple of things. Due to the bleeding risk associated with these blood thinners, and an antidote approved by the FDA becoming available late last year called Andexxa, I was wondering a couple of things:
1. Has anyone received Andexxa at any point to reverse the effects and what was your experience? Side effects, etc…..
2. Was anyone else told that it would be wise to live within 10 min of a major medical center that carries this antidote drug? (I found out that none of our local hospitals carry this antidote and do not plan too) I realize it is VERY expensive (I read 12K to 14K but truly have no idea, so I don't want to start false rumors, if this is important to you, please check and verify this information from a reputable source)
3, Question #2 above made me wonder if I'm on the right drug for me? If the reversal agent (Andexxa) is so hard to come by, has lots of pretty significant side effects in the common category, am I facing almost certain death if I'm in a car accident, have a bad fall, etc…?
Also, as a result of Question #2: If we want to do an across country travel travel trip, would any of these hospitals even have this drug? If we are going to move somewhere for retirement, do we need to buy a house within 10 min of a major hospital who carries this drug? (that's pretty limiting and definitely rules out anything in the country)
4. Because I clot to much, HIGH Factor VIII, which I can find VERY little information on anywhere in the world, just a few pub med articles and the like, and no one has ever heard of it before for the most part, I cannot find anything that would say if I could even use another drug like warafin, coumadin, etc.. and what the daily impact would be, as I do remember it required a lot of blood tests, but that was a long time ago and maybe things have improved, or perhaps you can do this yourself at home yourself now?
Any insight or information to others experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,