Compare Heparin vs. Eliquis
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.
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.
- Safe to use in pregnancy and if you're breast feeding.
- There are other medications that can help stop unexpected bleeding while taking Heparin.
- Available as a generic medication.
- Usually used in the hospital, but can be given at home too.
- 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.
- You'll need to get labs/blood draws done on a regular basis to make sure the drug is working and to make sure you don't get unexpected side effects.
- You can be at higher risk for bleeding or clotting while taking Heparin compared to other anticoagulants.
- 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.
- Atrial fibrillation
- Stroke and blood clot prevention
- Blood clot treatment
- Major bleed2%
- Unusual bleeding
History of bleeding problems
...and 2 more risk factors
- Clotting problems
- Increased risk of stroke or blood clots from early discontinuation
Stopping Eliquis (apixaban) prematurely
- Paralysis in the spine
Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
...and 3 more risk factors
- Increased risk of stroke or bleeding
Artificial heart valve
- Increased side effects in kidney or liver conditions
Current kidney problems
...and 1 more risk factors