Compare Arixtra vs. Eliquis

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Arixtra (fondaparinux)

Prescription only

Eliquis (apixaban)

Prescription only
Thins the blood and treats blood clots.

Arixtra (fondaparinux) is effective at treating clots, but it can increase your risk of bleeding.

Prevents blood clots.

Eliquis (apixaban) is an effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins, but you have to take it twice a day, and your doctor might have to change the dose a lot.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 19 reviewsforEliquis
Upsides
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) is effective at treating blood clots in the extremeties and those that have travelled to the lungs.
  • A generic form is available.
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) is a safe option for use in patients who have experienced a rare, life-threatening reaction to another anticoagulant, heparin.
  • Eliquis (apixaban) is very effective in reducing the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrilation or other clotting disorders.
  • You don't need to have regular blood tests on Eliquis (apixaban), and you don't have to regulate your diet like other blood thinners.
  • If you've had clots in your legs or lungs before, Eliquis (apixaban) can lower the risk of these forming again.
Downsides
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) should be used with caution in patients with kidney problems, as this can lead to an accumulation of the medication and increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Arixtra (fondaparinux) can cause a drop in platelet count, which can increase your risk of bleeding.
  • People who have any type of spinal or epidural procedure are more likely to have bleeding problems around the spine when taking Arixtra (fondaparinux).
  • Periodic blood tests and monitoring of your kidneys is important.
  • You have to inject yourself everyday with this medication.
  • The anti blood-clotting effects of Arixtra (fondaparinux) may remain for up to 4 days after stopping this medication in normal patients, and there is no current antidote.
  • You can bruise easier and if you cut yourself, it'll take longer to stop the bleeding. Always look for signs of internal bleeding, such as dark urine or bloody stools.
  • Can't be used if you have artificial heart valves.
  • Never stop taking Eliquis (apixaban) without talking to your doctor first.
  • Eliquis (apixaban) isn't available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
  • If you've taken too much Eliquis (apixaban) and you're bleeding, it can be harder to treat compared to other blood thinners.
Used for
  • Treatment of blood clots
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
Price
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47%
saidit'sworth it
58%
saiditworked well
21%
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Blood clots
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Major bleed
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Spinal/epidural blood clots
    • Indwelling epidural catheters
    • Use of other medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other anticoagulants
    • History of traumatic or repeated epidural or spinal puncture
    • History of spinal surgery
  • Bleeding
    • Existing condition that increases risk of bleeding
    • Surgery
    • Use of other anticoagulants
    • Kidney problems
    • Patients with low body weight (<50kg)
    • Elderly (>75 years old)
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
  • Decreased platelet count
  • Allergic reactions
    • Latex allergy
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  • Increased risk of stroke or blood clots from early discontinuation
    • Stopping Eliquis (apixaban) prematurely
  • Paralysis in the spine
    • Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
    • Getting anesthesia in the spine (epidural anesthesia)
    • History of spinal surgery
    • Concomitant use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other blood-thinners
  • Interactions with other drugs
  • Increased risk of stroke or bleeding
    • Artificial heart valve
  • Increased side effects in kidney or liver conditions
    • Current kidney problems
    • Current liver problems
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