Compare Eliquis vs. Lovenox

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

Eliquis
(apixaban)

Lovenox
(enoxaparin)

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.Prevents blood clots. Lovenox (Enoxaparin) is a good anticoagulant that reduces the risk of death or bleeding, and blood clots are less likely to happen. However, it is only available as an injection which isn't great if you're afraid of needles.
Reviews & ratings
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5.26Eliquis
Reviews for Eliquis
47%
of people (All ages) say Eliquis is worth it
58%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Lovenox
63%
-16% worse vs. Eliquis
63%
-5% worse vs. Eliquis
16%
-5% worse vs. Eliquis
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Side effects
EliquisLovenox
  • 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%
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  • Injection site hematoma 7%
  • Excessive bleeding 7%
  • Major hemorrhage 4%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Confusion 1%
  • Fever 2%
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How it works
EliquisLovenox
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.Lovenox (Enoxaparin) is an anticoagulant that prevents certain blood-clotting proteins from working. By stopping blood clots from forming, there's a lower chance of having a stroke or blood clots travel to your lungs.
Type of medication
EliquisLovenox
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
EliquisLovenox
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
EliquisLovenox
Risk factors for serious side effects
EliquisLovenox
  • 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 »
  • Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
  • Getting anesthesia in the spine (epidural anesthesia)
  • Taking NSAIDs or other blood thinning medicines
  • History of bleeding problems
  • Severe high blood pressure
Detailed Lovenox (enoxaparin) 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
EliquisLovenox
  • Eliquis (apixaban) can interact with different medicines. Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know all the medicines you're taking.
No interactions related info.
Food
EliquisLovenox
  • Take twice a day, with or without food, at the same time each day.
  • Available in generic so it can be cheaper than other "blood thinners".
Kidneys and liver
EliquisLovenox
  • 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.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Upsides and benefits
EliquisLovenox
  • 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.
  • In a study that compared Lovenox (Enoxaparin) to other medications used to stop blood clots, there was a lower risk of clots coming back, with similar rates of major bleeding and mortality.
  • You don't need to go in for lab tests to check whether it's working, unlike other medications like warfarin that require regular blood draws.
  • Available in generic so it can be cheaper than other "blood thinners".
  • Good option if you're pregnant or have cancer.
Downsides and risks
EliquisLovenox
  • 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.
  • It is only available as an injection, so it's not great if you're afraid of needles.
  • While surprise bleeding episodes can be treated while taking Lovenox (Enoxaparin), they won't completely work.
  • It doesn't work as well as other medications for "thinning the blood" if you are overweight, underweight, or if you have kidney disease.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
EliquisLovenox
  • 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.
  • Rotate the spot where you inject Lovenox (Enoxaparin) every day.
  • While on this, it can take longer to stop bleeding and you are more likely to bruise or bleed more easily.
  • Avoid taking certain anti-inflammatory drugs (like NSAIDs) because they can make you more likely to bleed.
  • Can cause swelling in your legs, diarrhea, and nausea.
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