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Last updated on 17/12/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Anticoagulants

SUB CLASS: Directly acting oral anticoagulants

USED FOR: Prevention of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), postoperative venous thromboprophylaxis

2.5mg, 5mg (tablets)

What is Eliquis for?

Eliquis is a brand medication that contains Apixaban, which belongs to a class of medications called Directly Acting Oral Anticoagulants. It works by reducing blood clots, including in deep veins and in major blood vessels in the lung. It is therefore used in preventing potential stroke in atrial fibrillation patients.

How to use it?

Eliquis is available as tablets. For preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation, the usual dose is 5mg twice daily. It can be taken with or without food.

For preventing DVT or PE after surgery, the initial dose is 2.5mg 12-24 hours after surgery, followed by 2.5mg twice daily for 35 and 12 days for hip and knee replacement respectively.

For treating DVT or PE, the initial dose is 10mg twice daily; the maintenance dose is 5mg twice daily.

A lower dose is used in patients with lower weight or poorer kidney function.

What are the side effects of Eliquis?

Common side effects of Eliquis include higher risk of bleeding, shown as easier bruising, black tarry stools (gastrointestinal bleeding), pink urine (bleeding in the urinary tract), and may lead to anemia.

Who should not take Eliquis?

– Anyone who is allergic to any component of Eliquis
– Patients with active major bleeding

Pharmacist Tips:

– Eliquis may increase the risk of bleeding. If unusual/excessive bleeding occurs, report to your doctor immediately.
– Unlike conventional anticoagulants like Warfarin, Eliquis has fewer dietary restrictions and less frequency monitoring of your INR level.

Common dosing schedule:
Take at the same time on a daily basis, with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Eliquis may interact with:
– Antiplatelet agents, ie Aspirin, Clopidogrel
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ie Ibuprofen, Naproxen

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Eliquis in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Eliquis 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

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Eliquis 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.