Compare Arixtra vs. Eliquis

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Arixtra
(fondaparinux)

Eliquis
(apixaban)

Coming soon.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.
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Reviews for Eliquis
47%
-47% worse vs. Arixtra
58%
-58% worse vs. Arixtra
21%
+21% better vs. Arixtra
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Side effects
ArixtraEliquis

We haven’t found good data for Arixtra side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Arixtra »
  • Major bleed 2%
  • Bleeding 12%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Low red blood cells 3%
  • All bleeding 15%
  • Nose bleeding 3%
  • Severe bruising 2%
  • Blood in the urine 2%
  • Nosebleeds 3%
  • Blood clots 1%
More Eliquis side effects »
How it works
ArixtraEliquis
Coming soon.Eliquis (apixaban) is a factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant that stops the formation of blood clots in your body so you're less likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
Type of medication
ArixtraEliquis
Prescription only
Available as
ArixtraEliquis
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
ArixtraEliquis
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ArixtraEliquis
    Coming soon.
    • Stopping Eliquis (apixaban) prematurely
    • 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
    Detailed Eliquis (apixaban) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Interactions
    ArixtraEliquis
    No interactions related info.
    • Eliquis (apixaban) can interact with different medicines. Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know all the medicines you're taking.
    Food
    ArixtraEliquis
    No food related info.
    • Take twice a day, with or without food, at the same time each day.
    Kidneys and liver
    ArixtraEliquis
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Eliquis (apixaban) is broken down by the kidney and liver. If you already have problems with your kidney or liver, talk to your doctor to make sure Eliquis (apixaban) is right for you.
    Upsides and benefits
    ArixtraEliquis
    Coming soon
    • 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 and risks
    ArixtraEliquis
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ArixtraEliquis
    Coming soon
    • Take twice a day, with or without food, at the same time each day.
    • If you're going to have a dental procedure or surgery, make sure your dentist or surgeon talks to your doctor first.
    • You can bruise easier while taking Eliquis (apixaban) and if you have a cut, it can take longer for bleeding to stop.
    • Eliquis (apixaban) can interact with different medicines. Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know all the medicines you're taking.
    • Call a doctor immediately if you have dizziness, weakness, or a really bad headache.
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