To stay on Eliquis or not

Posted by sandw40 @sandw40, Mar 11, 2021

I was diagnosed with afib on 05/03/2018 while on a 30 monitor because I asked my PCP about the irregular heart beats that were showing up on my pb monitor. I had 2 min 30 sec event that I never felt. I was told that I need to start taking Eliquis which I did 2 5mg daily.
I have tried to find out all the information on my condition that I can. I am 75 year old male with hypertension.

I bought myself a fitbit sense that monitors my heart rate and the ability to take a ekg. I also entered the Fitbit heart survey which lasted from 5/7/2020 to 11/12/2020. During this period no events where recorded in my every day monitoring, no events.

My question is, is Eliquis doing anything for me? My understanding is that clots would only develope because of an afib event. No AFib events, no clots.

Is my thinking correct in that I should be able to stop the Eliquis until I start having events again. When talking about this with the PCP this morning I was left with the statement that it's up to me.

I'm just trying to make some sort of informed descion.
Thank you for any info.
Wayne G

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@mayofeb2020

@spudmato. After my TIA last January, my cardiologist and my children convinced me to have a loop recorder implant to make sure I don't have afib, as many people have afib and not really feel it. So far so good. No afib noted. I was also put on Xeralto. Apart from some bleeding from my gum, which I have problem with before the Xeralto, I have not noticed any serious bruising. I've read that blood clotting is found in many covid patients so that's another reason I'm still on it.
I don't like taking meds, but don't want another TIA either. The next time I may not be so lucky as I did not suffer any damage from the last one. I just wish there's a generic soon. I can hardly afford it, yet I don't qualify for any kind of assistance either from xeralto or Medicare.

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Hi,
I'm getting Eliquis, generic Apixaban, through Maple Leaf Meds (800 9984016) in Canada. Much more inexpensive than using my medicine insurance.

Best of health,
Len

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Hi.
Thank you for this information. My cardiologist has taken me off Xeralto. But if he should put me off blood thinner, I will be sure to get this. How can I get this from a Canadian pharmacy?

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@lenmayo

Hi,
I'm getting Eliquis, generic Apixaban, through Maple Leaf Meds (800 9984016) in Canada. Much more inexpensive than using my medicine insurance.

Best of health,
Len

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Hi
Can everyone get their meds from Canada?
Eliquis is ridiculously expensive.
Thanks

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@mayofeb2020

Hi.
Thank you for this information. My cardiologist has taken me off Xeralto. But if he should put me off blood thinner, I will be sure to get this. How can I get this from a Canadian pharmacy?

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Call 800 9984016 or visit their web site https://www.mapleleafmeds.com/. I email them a copy of the prescription and a copy of a check for them. The Apixaban generic comes from India and takes about a month to get here.

Best of health,
Len

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Thank you very much.

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cardiologist prescribed eliquis for a-fib and soon thereafter developed headache. neurologist after brain mri said to stop eliquist due to potential brain bleed. should I opt for stroke or brain bleed.

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@bevypop

cardiologist prescribed eliquis for a-fib and soon thereafter developed headache. neurologist after brain mri said to stop eliquist due to potential brain bleed. should I opt for stroke or brain bleed.

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Hi @bevypop and welcome. I moved your post here: To stay on Eliquis or not
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/to-stay-on-eliquis-or-not/?pg=3
so that you can meet other people who have faced this dilemma.

Did your doctor recommend an alternative for Eliquis?

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@amandaa

Hi @bevypop and welcome. I moved your post here: To stay on Eliquis or not
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/to-stay-on-eliquis-or-not/?pg=3
so that you can meet other people who have faced this dilemma.

Did your doctor recommend an alternative for Eliquis?

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neurologist and cardiologist were to communicate today and I have not heard yet.

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In a discussion on Metoprolol earlier today, I offered the following about Eliquis. You may find it useful.

Eliquis is an anticoagulant formulated to prevent blood clots from forming in the heart's upper chambers. I have been on another anticoagulant (Coumadin) since 2014 when I was diagnosed with Afib. My medical team said I should take it regularly, perhaps for years, to prevent clots from forming in my heart and traveling to my brain where they could cause a stroke. I remain on the drug although my Afib is virtually asymptomatic; I have no conscious recognitions of arrhythmia in my heart. But when I mishandled the Coumadin once in 2016, I suffered a "small stroke" that has left my nervous system slightly off-kilter — no more strokes, but balance, memory, eyesight, smell, and taste (maybe more) are all affected somewhat. I have been offered Eliquis to replace Coumadin, but I have not felt it wise to make the switch, partly because clinics and hospitals sometimes don't have the Eliquis antidote on hand for emergencies that could allow a brain bleed to be devastating or deadly. Martin

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