Blood Thinners–how soon do they act, how long to stay on them?
Eliquis, xarelto, others… So how long do they take to thin the blood and reduce the chance of blood clot for those of us with on/off Afib?
For example, I seem to go in and out of Afib; can go a month without it, then get it 3 days in a row, or 4 hours/day for 4 days, or or or… Seems a waste to keep taking $ 400/month medicine when it is not needed 90% of the time, and for that 90% of the time not needed, I have to be extra careful to not cut myself and I love to cut firewood, work in my workshop with all kinds of tools.
The latest fad seems to be implanting devices to send cell phone sig to Dr. if one begins Afib: in otherwords, one begins an Afib bout, device calls Dr., his office checks messages 1/day, so the next day his nurse calls you and says they will put a prescription in for you for Eliquis. You are at work, so cannot get to the drug store until afterwork, so you finally get it and begin taking it 3 days AFTER the bout!?
This begs a SECOND question: You get a afib attack; how long does it take for a dangerous blood clot to form? From the above scenario, it MUST be more than 3 days?
OK, so isn’t this the proof that one should not need to dilute their blood unless required due to an episode?