Apixaban helps to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot.
Apixaban is used to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.
Apixaban is also used after hip or knee replacement surgery to prevent a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
Apixaban is also used to treat DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE), and to lower your risk of having a repeat DVT or PE.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking apixaban:
Blood in the eyes
blood in the urine
bloody or black, tarry stools
bruising or purple areas on the skin
coughing up blood
hives, itching, skin rash
joint pain or swelling
nausea and vomiting
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
redness of the eye
severe stomach pain
shortness of breath
tightness in the chest
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds