What type of medications are safe with Eliquis?

Eliquis (also known as apixaban) is a widely used prescription medication from the category of blood thinners. It has considerable advantages when compared to anticoagulants of the previous generation:

  • no need in lab coagulation monitoring
  • fewer dietary restrictions
  • a lower risk for patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Less drug interactions in comparison with those of other blood thinners

Still, it could have dangerous interactions when taken with certain common drugs. It turns out that many Eliquis users are either uninformed about them or ignore the information about such interactions.

According to a recent survey, a third of Eliquis users used over-the-counter drugs and/or supplements that can potentially lead to serious interactions. Here are the basic findings:

  • 97.5% reported OTC drugs/supplements use.
  • 33% regularly consumed at least one OTC drug/supplement with serious Eliquis interactions.
  • 6.7% used many OTC products with serious Eliquis interactions daily.
  • 66% of surveyed patients were either not sure or mistaken about the risk of increased bleeding from simultaneous use of Eliquis and NSAIDS. 

The risks associated with use of Eliquis and over-the-counter drugs should not be overlooked. Some of them can make Eliquis less effective, and others can lead to complications. 

Common drugs that shouldn’t be used with Eliquis include:

  • any other blood thinners, such as warfarin or dabigatran
  • antifungal drugs such as ketoconazole
  • antibiotics, such as erythromycin or rifampicin
  • drugs for controlling heart rate, such as verapamil or dronedarone
  • Post transplant medications, such as cyclosporine
  • Anti-epileptic drugs, such as phenobarbital or carbamazepine
  • NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • antidepressants, such as Prozak or Zoloft
  • Supplements such as St. John’s Wort

What type of pain medication is safe with Eliquis?

Perhaps, the major problem people face is when they need a pain relieving solution after having been prescribed Eliquis. Common painkillers like Ibuprofen can no longer be used.

Pain medication which is safe with Eliquis are Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Paracetamol.

There is no difference between Acetaminophen and Paracetamol. They are 2 generic names for a chemical substance known as Para-Acetylaminophenol. All three of these are better known by its originator name – Tylenol.

Tylenol 5 mg doesn’t double the risk of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

If you have a chronic pain, you can use physical therapy, heating pads or ice.

If the pain gets unbearable, your doctor might allow you to take NSAID drugs together with acid-blocking medications like Omeprazole that reduces the risk of bleeding.

However, you shouldn’t make such decisions by yourself!

In any case, if you take Eliquis and your doctor hasn’t included you in all aspects of its use, read on to make sure you’re well informed about possible interactions. 

What cold medicine can you take with Eliquis?

The safest choice of cold medicine that can you take with Eliquis is Paracetamol. Paracetamol has no contraindications with this blood thinner. Better to use Paracetamol oral suspension or Paracetamol tablets.

Most common cold medicines contain ibuprofen and aspirin that interfere with Eliquis and therefore shouldn’t be used.

Talk to your physician for more details on Eliquis interactions if you are not sure whether the medications you’re taking with this powerful anticoagulant might increase the risk of developing unwanted side effects. 

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