Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Edoxaban
Last updated on July 26, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Edoxaban
CHINESE NAME: 艾多沙班
COMMON BRAND IN HONG KONG: Lixiana
What is Edoxaban for?
Edoxaban belongs to a class of medications called factor Xa inhibitor. It works by blocking the clotting factors and hence slows down the process of blood clot formation. It can be used to prevent or treat blood clots from different causes. You may be prescribed Edoxaban for the prevention of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heart rhythm). It can also be used to treat venous thrombosis (blood clot formed within a vein).
How to use it?
Edoxaban is taken by mouth as tablets. Your kidney function will be checked before starting on Edoxaban. The usual adult doses used for different uses are listed as follows:
For prevention of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation: 60 mg once daily
For treating blood clot (venous thrombosis)
Weight > 60 kg: 60 mg once daily
Weight ≤ 60 kg: 30 mg once daily
Lower doses of Edoxaban are frequently used in the elderly, people with low body weights, and in people with reduced kidney functions.
What are the side effects of Edoxaban?
The most common side effect of Edoxaban is bleeding. You must tell your doctor if you notice any signs of bleeding like unexplained bruises and nose or gum bleeds, as well as signs of internal bleeding like blood in your urine or stool.
Where to buy Edoxaban in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Edoxaban is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Edoxaban in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.