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Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the Prescribing Info

Doctors used to rely upon warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clots. Newer anticoagulants are taking over. Learn about Eliquis and Xarelto side effects.
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Many health professionals (physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and pharmacists) rely upon the officially FDA sanctioned prescribing information to learn about drug side effects. Electronic drug databases use the “package insert” to create their drug information resources. But sometimes adverse reactions are not discovered during the clinical trials. As a result they get left out of the official documentation. That may have been the case with Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects described below.

Q. Approximately eighteen months ago, I started taking Xarelto for A-fib. I started having shoulder pain a short time later. After six months, my doctor switched me to Eliquis.

The shoulder pain and elbow discomfort is tolerable, but the joint and muscle pain in my knees and the burning sensation throughout the night is unbearable. I have been to a rheumatologist, and all my blood tests have come back negative. All of these symptoms didn’t start until I began the blood thinners. I am not able to sleep because of the knee pain.

Have others reported similar Eliquis and Xarelto side effects?

Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects:

A. Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (Eliquis) are anticoagulant drugs. People with atrial fibrillation take such medicines to keep a clot from forming and lodging in the brain and causing a stroke.

Because these medications prevent clotting, they can lead to bleeding. The prescribing information focuses primarily on these very serious complications.

Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects:

Based on clinical trial data the following complications are listed for these two drugs:

Eliquis Side effects:

  • Bleeding (this is the most serious adverse reaction and can be life threatening)
  • Anemia (reduced hemoglobin levels)
  • Digestive tract upset (nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, indigestion) diarrhea, constipation

Uncommon Side Effects of Eliquis:

  • Bleeding in the nose, gums, eyes, rectum, hemorrhoids, urine, etc.
  • Allergic reactions (rash)
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

Xarelto Side effects:

  • Bleeding (this is the most serious adverse reaction and can be life threatening; platelets can be decreased)
  • Itching (skin rash), other allergic reactions
  • Muscle Spasms, back pain

Uncommon Side Effects of Xarelto:

  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Numbness
  • Pain or burning upon urination
  • Pain in extremities

Digging Deeper into Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects:

Back pain, arm or leg pain, muscle spasms and osteoarthritis are listed as potential side effects of Xarelto. We could not find such side effects listed in the official information on Eliquis.

We did find a few inquiries like yours on patient online bulletin boards. In addition, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of such problems linked to Eliquis in its adverse event reporting system.

The FDA now has made its FAERS (FDA Adverse Events Reporting System) more accessible to the public. Here is a link to FDA’s explanation of what this is all about.

If you launch the FAERS Public Dashboard:

You can put any drug into the FDA search engine.

In the case of Eliquis the FDA database states that it has received 24,563 total cases and 16,242 serious cases (including deaths). If you search reaction, you will discover things like “arthralgia” (arthritis-like symptoms), “pain in extremity,” “Pain,” “back pain,”

People’s Pharmacy Perspective:

Do NOT stop taking your medicine! It can be very dangerous to discontinue a blood thinner suddenly. We recently discovered some research suggesting that even stopping aspirin suddenly can lead to cardiovascular problems including heart attacks and strokes.

Please be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

Final Message:

Just because the official prescribing information does not list certain side effects does not necessarily mean the medication in question is above reproach. We have learned over the last 40 years that it can take a long time for the FDA to acknowledge an adverse drug reaction. We are grateful to visitors to this website for alerting us to unusual or unrecognized side effects. Share your own such experiences in the comment section below.

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Last week, I had a pulmonary embolism and was in the hospital for 3 days. The second evening, I was given my first xarelto pill. Later that night I started to cough, and I thought the cough was due to something I had picked up from the overly cold AC, or from my roommate who had pneumonia. It has been 10 days now since I have been home, and I take 15 mg of xarelto 2 times a day. The cough persists even after I have tried everything I can to get rid of it. I have equipment that is able to remove bacteria and viruses from my blood, and I have been using it all along, but to no avail. Then last night it dawned on me that the culprit is neither viral or bacterial. Odd that it started the night I first took a xarelto pill, and continues unabated. Does anyone else have such an experience?

Most of the side effects listed for Xarelto in the prescribing information involve bleeding. Cough is not mentioned. That doesn’t mean it might not be responsible for your cough. Please do check with your physician.

I am a Pharmacist (semi-retired) with 50+ years of experience. I have been on Eliquis, Coumadin and Xarelto for the past 3 years for AFIB. I have had a constant battle with neck and shoulder tightness and pain the entire time. I never had any of these symptoms previously. I have run on the treadmill for 35+ years, about 50 minutes at 3.8 to 4.0 MPH. No issues. Now I must be careful. With Eliquis, my legs got so weak that I could hardly walk. Got off of it, and then Coumadin, and now on Xarelto for the past year. Neck and shoulder problems persist, although somewhat manageable. It is my opinion that FDA needs to look into why these two blood thinners are having these sometimes serious issues with muscles.

Both of these drugs inhibit clotting by BLOCKING the production of fibrin. It is my opinion that this mechanism of action is somehow having very adverse effects on muscles of our bodies. And it appears well-concealed in the prescribing information of both Eliquis and Xarelto. My question is why? I encourage everyone who has a muscle problem like this to file an adverse drug report with FDA. FDA seems asleep at the switch here, but if they get enough of these adverse reaction reports they may wake up. This has seriously affected my quality of life. Also, DO NOT rely on your doctor to file these reports. They are too busy, and simply do not report these anywhere. YOU MUST DO IT!! Wish the news was better, but facts are the facts.

I had a pulmonary embolism and was prescribed Xarelto, which caused debilitating side effects: severe muscle spasms, night sweats, flank pain, bleeding gums, and kidney decline. My doctor insisted Xarelto was not causing the side effects, even though it was the only medication I was taking. When I requested my medical records, including my PCPs notes, nowhere were my side effects listed.

After 6 months of suffering and researching options online, I asked to be switched to Eliquis. All the side effects disappeared, except the flank pain, and my kidney function improved. I’ve been taking Eliquis for a year and stepped down from 5mg twice a day to 2.5 mg, 2x daily. Overnight, I still have some flank pain, muscle tightening and recently, the night sweats have restarted. My blood tests are all normal. I’m getting a 2nd opinion from a hematologist to see if I can stop taking a blood thinner. I’m concerned about the damage it’s doing to my body.

I have had heart disease for years but recently changed Cardiologists and then developed atrial flutter. I was already on Carvidolol but with the flutter I was placed on Eliquis, Amioterone, and Ramipril. I have had diarrhea, insomnia, and have developed balance problems. I am close to falling over on a regular basis. I was able to stop the the amioterone and the ramipril but have continued to have the same symptoms. My cardiologist does not believe my symptoms are being caused by eliquis because they are not listed in the PDR as side effects. I did not have these symptoms prior to the flutter and have an ablation which resolved the issue. He wants me to see a Neurologist. I may be asking to be switched to coumadin. It has worked well in the past.

I’m taking Eliquis and my experience is pain in all my muscles. I am contacting my Dr to take me off of this drug. I’m living on ibuprofen with little relief

I got diagnosed with a DVT in my calf a month ago, following a broken foot. Thought there were no further issues and all was on its way to healing until I got my menstrual cycle 7 days ago. I am still on my period, today is day 8. It is so severe I can’t sleep or lie down. The blood flow and clots are something I never knew could come out of a human and they survive. The abdominal pain is excruciating, and now I can’t take Motrin either. These past 3 days have been the worst days of my life so far. It’s not slowing down anytime soon. I’m so frustrated and upset. I can’t live like this every month. If it goes past day 11, I’m going to the hospital. I don’t want to bleed to death.

I was put on Zarelto following pulmonary emboli. Two days into taking it my hands began to swell, slowly progressing to where my fingers on both hands were blackening. As this continued, my doctor switched me to Eliquis, but no improvement, actually worsening. I am off both these drugs now, doing the Lovenox shots in my belly.

Within 2 days of discontinuing the Eliquis my fingers and hands are improving, almost 80%. They are still extremely bruised, sore, and somewhat calloused-feeling due to almost 3 weeks of no circulation. There has to be a connection between my symptoms and these two drugs, although my primary doctor and a Vascular surgeon can find no evidence of this side effect.

I am still experiencing muscle weakness in my legs and my arms. I can hardly lift myself off a toilet or a chair without something to pull up by. I get rubbery-leg feeling if I try to walk very far or doing household chores. Can this also be residual effects of these medicines ? I was a very active 74 year old, with no other medical conditions, and taking only Prevacid for reflux, prior to being on those two thinners. Now I feel like I am 90. So discouraged.

I have a history of a-fib and have had 2 oblations: 1st one in 2006, and the 2nd one in 2011. My Doctor is at a major university medical center in Pennsylvania,and I have the utmost respect for him. He put me on a baby aspirin. His thoughts were to fix things and try to stay off as much medication and be as healthy possible.

I moved and now have new Doctors in South Carolina. I am back having a-fib issues, and the doctor has put me on Eliquis. I started having atrophy in the bottoms of my feet, and it then started working up into my ankle area. I do not have diabetes and should not be having this problem. I did go back to the doctor and told him I needed to get off of this medication, as I truthfully believe the Eliquis was causing this problem. This all started when I started on Eliquis. His answer “that is not one of the side effects listed for Eliquis.” The doctor’s scare tactics have prevented me from stopping this drug. His message was almost a threat: my chances of having a debilitating stroke are extremely high if I stop Eliquis.

What is wrong with this world?

I’ve been put on Eliquis (Apixaban) almost 8 weeks ago after a DVT showed up 6 weeks after having a full hip replacement. It was less than a week later that my right arm bicep starting spasming and woke me from my sleep. The pain was unbearable !!!! This continued for another week. It was sore during the day and spasming at night.

I went to my Doctor, and she wasn’t sure what it could be. I had graduated from a walker to a cane, and she thought perhaps I was putting too much weight on the right arm using the cane, and said to go back to the walker. I did….then my left arm muscles started to ache so I knew it wasn’t the cane.

A week later both my leg muscles ached (calves) to where I could hardly walk. I went back to the doctor and told her I think it was the blood thinner pills, since this all started after I went on them!! She told me “NO…. muscle aches are not listed as a side effect for Eliquis.” I was actually arguing with her telling her indeed this is what it is!!! She has done more blood work on me in 4 weeks than I’ve had done in my 56 years of life!! She sent me to a Rheumatologist this week, and he said he was unable to help me because I DO NOT have rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus.

It’s the Eliquis I’m sure of it. I told my Doctor that I read on line that other people are having the same weakness in their muscles as me. She replied back that her “MEDICAL DOCTOR WEBSITE does not indicate muscle soreness as a side effect so it’s not the Elquis.” My Husband wants me to switch Doctors, as she is not listening or even entertaining the possibility that it could be Elquis. :(

I’m off work because of the hip replacement which has been 3 months and healed beautifully but cannot return to work because of weak muscles. I’m unable to move my arms for very long, and leg muscles are fatigued after a short period of time. I am so thankful for finding this info on this forum and know now that I’m not crazy. This feeling of debilitating muscle pain should be posted as a true side effect and not something that just randomly happens !!!! Good luck, everyone 💚

Has anyone gotten a rash from Xarelto use? I just started in the fall and since then have had a persistent rash on my back that is very concentrated. There are other spots along my mid section beneath the breast area, but certainly less concentrated than what is on my back. I don’t want the inconvenience of switching to Warfarin but would just like to see if others had the rash and what (topically?) they used on it. Thanks in advance.

I am 38 and was prescribed Eliqiuis 6 months ago because I had a pulmonary embolism. Every since taking it, all my muscles are weak (especially arms and legs), and I can barely lift myself off a chair, etc. It hurts so badly that the doc doesn’t listen and says I still need to stay on it for another year because the risk is 25% for developing another clot within the first year. She says the pain isn’t from Eliquis but that’s a crock, I know it is. Anyone else have this?

Two months on Xarelto with headaches and extreme thirst through the night. Am now on Warfarin. I monitor my green vegetable intake and have no more headaches etc. If you go on Warfarin, you just need to get your blood checked often until the Doctor gets your INR stabilized, then maybe once a month.

I am a 55 year old male that has been put on Xarelto. I had a Pulmonary Embolism recently. Doctors do not know why, and I have a scheduled visit with a hematologist in the next 6 weeks – could not get in to any hematologist sooner. I noticed that I get dull achy pains in my left elbow that lasts for about 2 hours ever since I started taking Xarelto at a 15mg dose for 21 days and will continue with a 20mg dose for who knows how long.

I am an athlete in good shape, and I believe this drug is causing this symptom but no one is listening. I also am scared that I will be on this drug for the rest of my life which can’t be good for my kidneys or other organs in general. But if I stop taking the medication, I run the risk of a deadly PE (according to what I am reading and hearing).

Any good news or positive info is more than welcomed. I just don’t see myself deteriorating in health because of taking a drug that affects other parts of your body.

my cardiologist prescribed Eliquis for an A-fib condition. After being on this medication for 10 days I started to have pain in my thigh muscles This gradually worsened over the following week. Then, to add to my problem, it then started in my hips. I was now having trouble walking, and stairs were an impossibility. The pain is now in my shoulders and neck with the occasional toothache for good measure. Prior to all of this I had a problem with fatigue and diarrhea.I stopped taking this poison into my system one month ago. Unfortunately, my adverse reaction is still with me. I live in the hope that it will improve in the coming months.

I have been taking 20 mg Xarelto daily since mid July 2018, so about 6 months, due to a full leg DVT on my left leg. I had been nursing a sore knee on my right leg however had received a cortisone shot in the knee a few months before the DVT in my other leg and the cortisone shot relieved the right knee pain quite well. Fast forward to October (3 months after Xarelto) and the right knee began hurting again, so my doctor tried a second shot since it had been 6 months from the first shot. WELL, that relief lasted only two weeks and the knee began hurting even more than originally. PLUS my right and left shoulders and upper arms hurt terribly. Like others the pain increases at night and continues through the day when I move my arms. Some evenings between the shoulder, arm and knee pain I get so discouraged I just begin to cry. I am only 66 years old and suddenly feel like I am 96. Have left a call with my doctor asking for assistance with eliminating Xarelto. So discouraging to feel so helpless. I work part time as a cashier two evenings a week and after eight hours come home crippled. I dread doing housework and thinking of quitting my job….

6 months on xarelto: severe pain in both legs, could not kneel, could not stand up from a kneeling position, would wake up in the morning with a clot of blood in my mouth from bleeding gums. My afib is valvular from a regurgitating mitral valve, which shouldn’t have as high a risk of stroke as non valvular fib. Doctor said it couldn’t be the xarelto, but I weaned off the drug, and I can now walk again and climb stairs without pain. Next I expect valve surgery and will probably need xarelto while healing.

Been on eliquis for a month now. I’m In agony. I have end stage osteoarthritis in both knees and since i cant take anti inflammatory medications i can barely walk now..I’m miserable I’m 55 and feel 155..i hate eliquis

First episode of AFIB Mar31/18, Started on Eliquis 5 mg 2 x times/day, approx 1 month later I started have severe pain when I went to bed that persisted throughout the nite. Pain in my hips, knees and shoulders. During the day I still have some milder pain . I so much want to get off this awful drug, which I call my “Pain” pill

After a suspected T.I.A. (I have what has always been described as minor A-Fib) I was placed on Xarelto. After four months of extreme fatigue and fogginess, I was placed on Eliquis as an alternative. Since being on Eliquis I have developed inexplicable buzzing/vibrations in my feet, difficulty sleeping (largely due to the weird feelings in my feet), chronic tendinitis in my forearms, pain in joints of my fingers and listless feeling I can’t get rid of. I want desperately to get off the stuff. I was a physically active guy before all of this. Now I can barely get out of bed and can’t concentrate to save my life.

Three years ago, I had what was thought to be two TIA’s in a four month period of time. I was placed on a monitor for a month, and I was diagnosed at that time with A fib. My physician chose to start me on a blood thinner.

I was on Xarelto for approximately four months, and during that period of time I begin to have very acute joint pain and discomfort burning knee sensations. The cardiologist chose to change my medication to Eliquis. This did not help my joint pain. It just made it much worse.

The cardiologist did not feel comfortable having me go off the blood thinners so after much discussion they finally decided to put me on the old standby, Coumadin.

It did not take long for me to realize that my joint pain was subsiding and then the culprit, obviously, was the former blood thinners. I have now been on Coumadin for a little over a year My joints are almost back to normal. I have undergone a total knee replacement with full recovery, no complications and enjoying full use of my knee once again.

I am able to monitor the greens that I eat in my diet. I am allowed to do my own INR PT testing at home with my own monitor which makes the testing convenient and I do not have to go to a lab every two weeks.

Don’t give up with the discussion with your cardiologist or primary care physician. It takes time for them to understand each patient as an individual. I am almost an eighty year old “young senior” enjoy a great quality of life. You should not have to endure severe discomfort. Good luck to all of you!

I have been on Xeralto for five weeks now after throwing a PE to my lung following shoulder decompression surgery. I am a runner and have ran 4 miles a day for 50 years and consider myself to be very healthy. Since being on Xarelto my quality of life has hit rock bottom. I have severe leg and arm pains with even more severe hand and finger pains that prevent me from grasping, writing, and even typing. I have tried Tylenol but to no avail. None of my doctors have even mentioned any of these symptoms to be associated with Xeralto. I can hardly walk due to severe pains and have difficulty sleeping at night. Does anyone know of a natural anti-inflammatory remedy or herb that can be taken to control the pain? It is a double-edged sword. We all have to be on this drug to prevent further health issues but the pain we have to experience is devastating, debilitating, and impacts on quality of life.

I’m sorry that I don’t have any advice to offer – I found your comment b/c I too am looking for answers, as I have very similar symptoms to yours.

I was put on Xarelto for DVT resulting from a knee injury – about 7 weeks into a 3-month course of the drug I began to experience excruciating pain & swelling in many of my joints. At 8 weeks I insisted on being re-scanned for clots – fortunately they were gone and so I was able to stop the medication early. Though it’s been a month now and I still have debilitating pain which is even more terrible at night, in my knees, neck, elbows, feet – like you, the worst pain is in my wrists/hands/fingers. Most days I can’t hold a glass, pick up a pen, or even push the button on my electric toothbrush.

After reading your comment I feel more certain than ever that what’s happening to me is directly related to taking Xarelto. Really hoping that it isn’t a permanent affliction. If it’s related to the meds then maybe I can fully recover someday. And you as well – best of luck to you.

I have been on eliquis for almost a month and have had such terrible leg and knee pain, it is difficult to walk. My legs ache so badly that I am wondering at this point if I can make it through the school year. I very much would like to find a natural way to control my afib and high blood pressure spikes that occur once in a while.
I am so sorry you also are experiencing the pain and weakness.

I was put on Eliquis after a near-drowning accident. During all the tests they found an irregular heartbeat. I have never been told I had an irregular heartbeat before. I am 73 years old and was on no medication prior to this and very fit and healthy. I spent a night in hospital and, as my blood pressure, temperature oxygen levels were all fine I was discharged. I didn’t feel too good but put that down to the antibiotics. However I now find I have frequent diarrhoea and a pain in my left leg while taking the Eliquis. I have an appointment at the Arrhythmia clinic on Wednesday. I have lots of questions. I feel that because I was in shock and stressed that may have caused the irregular reading.

I’ve been on Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for about seven weeks now. Starting on 15mg twice a day, now on 20mg once a day. On the first dose, I regularly experienced fatigue and a feeling of emptiness (not depression, like literally feeling empty as if there was nothing in me). On the second dose I’ve been feeling really stiff and achy, regular shooting pains at various points from my shoulder to my ankle. And my chest cavity feels really tight. As instructed by the Pharmacist and the booklet that came in the box with the tablets, I’ve been to the Doctors when these symptoms presented. But both times they were adamant that the symptoms I was describing were definitely not related to the drug. Their assessment of me was rudimentary at best; checked my temperature, checked my pulse, listened to my heart and lungs with a stethoscope, asked me a few questions about the composition of my urine and stools, and asked me if I was taking any illicit substances. They then suggested that my symptoms were just psychosomatic. They have so far not suggested trying anything more substantial than a Paracetamol. My concerns have not been alleviated because quite frankly I know that the doctors are wrong. I just haven’t been able to find a doctor that will listen to me, and do any kind of proper diagnostics for this problem. My two questions are therefore a) should I be worried by any of this, what the drug might be doing to my body, and b) what should I do next if the doctors don’t seem to want to help? At the moment it is just very uncomfortable rather than as debilitating as other people have described, but I won’t be able to carry on like this forever and I don’t want anything to get any worse.

I’ve been taking Xarelto for 4 years. Initially I experienced severe pain that seemed to me was in my lungs. The pain was very concentrated to a small area deep with my chest cavity on both sides and would only occur at night. I would estimate the pain locus as being in the middle of each lug. The pain would wake me up multiple times at night. This went on for months then finally went away. Many times my doctor thought I was experiencing a PE, but none was detected with CT scan. After the first 2 scans, I quit complaining for fear they would continue to do chest scans and X-ray me to death.

In recent months I have been experience a lot of itching at night. I only mention that since others have as well.

Also recently, I have experienced elevated liver enzymes which the prescribing info says happens about 1% of the time, and that usually a few week vacation from the drug solves the problem. I stopped taking the drug for 3 weeks, but my enzymes climbed the whole time. then I went to taking it every other night instead of every night and my enzymes have started to fall.

Evidently, the prescribing information for Xarelto has changed and my doctor has agreed to lower my dose from 20 mg to 10 mg. I’m hoping this will address the elevate liver enzyme issue. I’ll be going back to taking it every day, but at half the dose as before.

Hi I am on Xarelto for 15 months now, Over the last months I have found I wake up with headaches nausea and very dehydrated. some days worse than others.I I always drink 500ml / pint water before bed. I am only 44 and had a large PE in my return to my heart 2 years ago. Intially was taking Clexane injections then went onto Xarelto as not to keen on all the monitoring with Warfrin and not having to go back and forth constanly as need to uphold my job.was not long term usage either. Xarelto was given at 20mg initially and now on 10 mg.Here in Australia and the information supplied with medication has to be requested with the medication at the time of supply as it is NOT included with the packing, which means many just take without referring to product information. After research on the web I havefound it is best in the evening? Due to thinners working whilst you sleep as this is when your blood can Clot more (as per case of a PE due to clotting).wonering if the time of taking is critical? As some days feel crap to be honnest and takes a while to the headaches to dissapear. I live in a all year round warm eviroment, so wondering if dehydraytion due to the climate and Xarelto/Rivaroxiban can be a big issue, as sure all intial studys may have been in a stable temperature range aaprox 20/25 deg celsius? As it goes at the moment I have been warned stopping Xarelto can be dangerous and cause my blood to clot? I wonder if this is 100% true or scare tactics from the pharmaceuticals as the charge a fortune here in Australia for Xarelto? Tumeric I have been sudgested would be a best Natural alternative, but hey that did not come from a doctor / pharmacy (perhaps no money to be made from natural procuts).

I have seen other reports of headaches and dehydration especially with Xarelto has any one else had simialr? I potentially have many years to go on Xarelto / thinners so conerned greatly due to what seems to be a serious side effects on quality life due to headaches/ dizzy/ upset stomach!

My husband had a minor stroke and was put on Xarelto. A few weeks later he decided to take himself off the drug abruptly because he was having bleeding episodes. Looking back he probably had too high a dosage, and the doctor should have helped him. Unfortunately, he had another stroke within a few days. I wouldn’t recommend going off the drug suddenly.
If your reason for taking it is afib, sometimes that can be resolved through re-mineralizing ( supports healthy electrical activity in your heart), or you can have an ablation. My husband had an ablation and he has had no A-fib since. The longer your heart goes into A-fib, the more warped the walls of the chamber of your heart become. If you have a good doctor to do the ablation, it might be a good idea. Luckily he had a doctor who performs them daily.

I am 69 years old and had a stroke 4 years ago in 2014. Until March of this year I had been taking warfarin plus four or five other drugs. In early 2018 I developed joint pain and at my request my doctor switched me to Eliquis and the joint pain (knee and hip) subsided for a while. However recently, (last week ) the joint pain returned.

I don’t know if I have run out of options and have to learn to put up with the pain or should go back to my doctor to look for some other drug. Also, is it possible and/or desirable to go on a “drug holiday” in which I stop some or all of these six medications to give my body the chance to recover. I am now taking ( in addition to the Eliquis twice daily) Presarium Neo-Combined, Doxazosin Mylan, Rilmenidin, Concor and Kalnormin. Any opinions?

We are all guinea pigs for these medicines & pharmaceutical companies, who only had to prove they weren’t lethal to get FDA approval. I was on Xarelto 20mg for a PE for 5 months & then switched to 5mg/2x Eliquis.

While I was on Xarelto, I had the following symptoms: bleeding gums, back, shoulder and flank pain, night sweats, stabbing pains in my side, debilitating muscle spasms, overall sick feeling. The worst side effect: deteriorating kidney function.

I was 100% healthy before I started this med and now I’m dealing with yet another serious condition CREATED by this poison. I’m now on Eliquis for 2 weeks and feel better, but the kidney damage is permanent. I want to be off blood thinners completely, because I think they solve one problem but create so many more.

Hoping my hematologist will give me the green light to stop taking it.

I NEVER hear any thoughts about more natural blood thinners (such as turmeric,etc.) for AFIB. Only that they should not be used in combination with a prescription blood thinner.

I’ve been a very sick person with numerous auto-immune diseases. Standard protocol is using immune supressing drugs, increasing doses and eventually using biologic drugs that heighten the chance of cancer. This was my treatment until I began to research for myself a better way to heal. I bought a video for $20, started on that protocol-diet and some cheap supplements. Five days later all my Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s pain and symptoms left me. I then started an elemination diet to find which foods triggered my autoimmune disease. Why am I saying this on a website about blood thinners? To tell you that we are guenia pigs, and our doctors usually don’t have a clue of what they are doing.

I am now off of all my medicines except the ones for the occasional a-fib that I experience for a short time every few months or so. I don’t think I should be on a blood thinner, but my Cardiologist says I have to be. Is he any more competent than the Rheumatologist or Gastroenterologist who gave me the wrong treatment, or my family Dr who had no clue that healing of chronic diseases can often be reversed by diet? He is now beginning to learn some things from his daughter.

Has anyone talked about the psychological effects of Eliquis and other blood thinners? After nearly 4 months, I still feel slightly drunk without any pleasant “high.” This sensation is better after exercise, but there’s a kind of roller coaster of both mood and energy.

Friends and family members on Eliquis have mentioned nightmares, depression and listlessness. An hour+ of hiking daily is keeping me on top of these reactions for now, but I am hesitant to commit to staying on this medication once my unprovoked DVTs/PEs are fully resolved.

Hi, Keri. Yes, you nailed it. I too feel slightly drunk on Eliquis, mainly in evenings, and have mood swings and intermittent fatigue. Been on it 6 weeks now. Also have come-and-go leg pains (both stabbing and aching). I’m an otherwise fit 40 y.o. soccer player taking Eliquis for superficial leg clots acquired while traveling. I suspect mental symptoms are from Eliquis and leg symptoms are related to phlebitis.

Hello from the UK. A month ago, I was prescribed Eliquis because fibrilation may be causing blood-pooling in the heart creating the risk of clotting and stroke. Looking back, it was just a few days later that I experienced shoulder pain (which I put down to too much golf!).

Over a few days, pain developed in my right hip – the same cause, I thought. I began exercises but to no avail and by now pains in both shins were waking me early each morning. Feelings of weakness were becoming apparent and walking was becoming painful in the area of both hips and groin.

Three days ago, after finding similar symptoms reported on three web-sites I saw my doctor who told me to stop the drug. He was surprised that the package side-effects list (already lengthy) made no reference to joint pain. I am now waiting to discover an alternative medicine.

I was prescribed eliquis in the hospital following a 25-day stay accompanied by 6 surgeries and a transfusion. The day I was supposed to be discharged (the 1st time), they found I was bleeding out, had a blood clot the size of a baseball. An emergency surgery and 2 blood transfusions, and another 10 days later they sent me home. 3 weeks later I returned to be re-admitted, and they found a blood clot in the same arm. Eliquis was the drug of choice, theirs, not mine.

Within 5 days, give or take, of being sent back home, the back pain became so unbearable that the pain meds prescribed for my arm pain couldn’t even touch the back pain. No one should have to handle this kind of pain. Also, on another note, my skin is so sensitive that clothes actually hurt. Mostly noticed on the upper part of my body, waist and up. This is also a new symptom I can only attribute to eliquis, as it is the only new drug I am taking, the only thing that has changed. I notified my doctor today that I am discontinuing this drug as of today. I can no longer take the pain associated with it. Has made my life more hell then the benefits they claim.

I have the exact same reaction to Eliquis I am on it now for just the fifth day and I am experiencing severe shoulder pain and I hope that this is not a long-term medication because the last thing I need right now is something that will stop me from exercising.

Im on Eliqus since March 2017 and have the same side effects, sore right hip with sore shins thought i have severe arthritics but now it seems like a direct side effect of this blood thinner…I have shore painful shoulders, tight neck sometimes…now going to see my specialist to see what will be a best medication for me…sick of these painful side effects

I was diagnosed with A-Fib in 2006 at age 63. I was put on Metoprolol, a beta blocker, to lower my heart rate and a whole aspirin daily. I didn’t experience any severe A-Fib episodes and was checked regularly. Then, I had a mild stroke in August 2016; I was very fortunate and have had no lingering side effects. I was put on Warfarin (as well as Pravastatin for slightly elevated cholesterol) and was monitored for my INR weekly.

My cardiologist talked about the newer blood thinners and suggested I also talk with my neurologist. His advice rang true — my neurologist preferred warfarin because it could be monitored by the INR reading to know exactly how I was responding to the warfarin dosage.

I am fortunate to live near my cardiologist whose office operates a Coumadin clinic where I have my finger pricked and get an immediate reading. Then the nurse adjusts my warfarin if necessary depending on the reading. This is very convenient and covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance except for a small co-pay of $1 or $2. Since I didn’t mind not eating brussels sprouts, etc., the dietary adjustments have not been a hardship.

As my readings have been primarily in the appropriate range (2-3), I have been able to reduce my visits to every three or four weeks for the most part. When the readings are out of range, I go every two weeks and the dosage is adjusted until the readings are back in the proper range.

So, my experience with warfarin has been very good and as long as this continues to be the case, I do not plan on switching meds.

No one has mentioned Plavix in these posts. I was started on Plavix in 2005 after a carotid endarterectomy. I did not have a stroke. In fact, I had no symptoms at all. I was found to have 90% closure of my left carotid and was told I had to have this surgery. In the last 5 years I have been having exertional pain in my legs and burning in my feet.

I have recently had a compartment syndrome test which was negative, a MRA which was negative for popleteal entrapment syndrome. I am not a diabetic. I am a very active 72 year old woman and I am not over weight. Now the Docs want me to see a neurologist and a vascular surgeon.

Could all of this be caused by the Plavix? Has anyone else out there had problems with Plavix?

I was diagnosed with afib in 2015 and was on Xarelto but after swelling in my ankles and other difficulties, I was switched to Eloquis.

However, about two weeks ago, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain on my right side.

I’m also on Flomax but discontinued its use because one of the side effects is back pain which has not subsided. Wondering if the cause is the Eloquis.

Get your kidneys checked. These poisons cause kidney damage and you’ll feel pain on your flank side.

I have been on Eliquis for a month. I have also been on Metoperol. My left arm got so sore and weak, I could not carry my purse, although I could push down on my arm. I also experienced pain going around my elbow and up my bicep, into my shoulder and in my neck. My Neurologist did an emg on me, and said I had a pinched nerve in my elbow and neck, and I am now having an MRI on my neck.

I was very suspect of the Metoperol. I have been off it a week. Since last Tuesday, I have terrible low back pain. The first morning I had a terrible time getting out of bed, and had to crawl to the bathroom. I couldn’t walk without hanging onto the wall. I had an appointment that day, and the Dr. took me off the Metoperol, saying he didn’t think it was the problem, but I have a very difficult time with perscription drugs, and he finally relented.

I have had six horrific days of not being able to get out of bed in the morning. I got a 4 prong cane to help me get out of bed and get to the bathroom. It is not getting any better. It takes about 3 doses of a 500 tylenol before I am able to walk fairley normal, but getting up and sitting down are difficult. I am now wondering if it is the Eliquis? I am extremely Frustrated. Wondered if anyone else experienced this extreme debilitating back pain?

Has anyone had leg and foot pain on Eliquis It first started in my big toe on my right foot now it hurts all the way up to my knee and on both legs.

YES- I have been Eliquis since December 1, 2017 (6 months now). The past several months I have been having horrible foot and burning pain in my right toe. My feet, knees and hips ache. Now my knuckles on my left hand are starting to ache too. Trying to figure out the correlation between Eliquis and the joint pain. I am in my 40’s way to young to be feeling this way.

I am taking Eliquis 2.5mg twice a day. Back, Knee and Hand pain is so bad I can not hold a fork to eat or move to get out of bed.

Has anyone experienced extreme itching and a huge rash from Xarelto? If so, how long did the itch last after quitting the drug?
Thank you!

I was prescribed Eliquis in mid-November 2017, after 3 nights in the hospital for what appeared to be a minor stroke. Fortunately there was no apparent physical damage or after-effects. I have been taking two Eliquis tablets daily (2.5 mg) at regular intervals AM & PM. I was given the usual warnings about bleeding, not discontinuing without Dr. permission, etc. After 3 months of steady use, I began to experience very unpleasant/uncontrollable fecal leakage, and more recently fresh blood on toilet tissue. Also noted an onset of short term memory problems about 3 months ago. I cannot say for certain if these issues are due in part or entirely to Eliquis, but I am very skeptical & concerned about continuing its use. I have now cut the dosage to one tablet daily and will be consulting with a doctor very soon. I would be interested in knowing if any other Eliquis users have had similar after-effects?

Started Xarelto yesterday and woke up after a couple of hours of sleep. The itching was so bad I drew blood. Will this improve after my system adjusts to this drug?

I was diagnoised with AF 1/12 yrs ago. I was put on Pradaxa & a Bata Blocker. Shortly after I seem to acquire a hacking, whooping cough. I am fatigued most of the time, I have real shortness of breath. Test have been taken but nothing found. I see a respitory specialist & my cardiologist in April. My family doctor decided to put me on Eliquis about a month ago plus a new Bata blocker & up it to 10 ml. from the previous 5 mg. For awhile I have been thinking it is these meds. causing these symptons, especially the Bata blockers. After reading these stories I think I may be right. The only thing I haven’t read is about this constant cough. Have any of you experienced this sympton. Would like to hear your storie. Thks.

I was put on Eliquis in Jan ‘18 after a chronic, non-occluded clot was found in my upper jugular & transverse sinus on a routine MRI. It was done to check on my Multiple Sclerosis which I’ve had for 20 yrs. In the first week of Eliquis I was very dizzy, weak & had joint pain. Over the next 7 wks the pain became severe in my shoulders, across upper chest & back, upper spine, hands, wrists & hips. I felt like I had severe arthritis and could barely move due to the pain & severe stiffness.

My liver enzymes were slightly elevated at 10 days. A week later the same. A month after that they were 5xs normal & Dr took me off of it. I am on several other meds, nefazodone being one of them. Nefazodone is a strong inhibitor if CYP3A4, so is Eliquis. When I first picked up Eliquis the pharmacist at the Dr office suggested that the Dr lower the dose of Eliquis 50% due to that interaction. Dr refused. I later found in the drug insert the same instructions, as well as many websites that check interactions.

After stopping Eliquis my liver enzymes came down a lot in 6 days. I asked to take 1/2 dose and Dr still refused. I showed him everything I’d found, including drug insert, he said only the full dose is correct.
I’m now on Enoxaparin and hoping for the best. I agree that these drugs are just money makers. They were released before all effects were know, just as all drugs are now, and Drs are given perks worth large amounts of money for prescribing them. Always do your research. It’s unfortunately the only way you can protect yourself today.

i started taking eliquis and anpec, i was on them for 9 days before i finally thru them out, i have bad arthritis and had to stop mobic and asprin, i have never had so much pain to the point i couldnt function like a human being anymore,thinking this was because i had to stop the arthritis tablet, I was using 10mg morhine patch including 6 panadine forte a day nothing helped, when i went off these two tablets within about 4 hours i was normal again, i didnt think that these two medications can give so much pain, the specialist i had for one day (didnt know it was his last) vanished, so i couldnt even go back to him to let him know the consequences of his tablets, so i have had to find another specialist, the last thing that happened after being off them for 2 days now was my right leg decided to seep clear liguid, i got a “dial a doctor” in as it was the weekend and no one seems to work then, and he told me it was because of the medication i had taken off, do i feel MUCH like a guinea pig the answer YEP my health was screwed around for those 9 days. there must be alternative medication then this horrible stuff

The doctors and the pharmaceuticals who manufacture the high cost blood thinners tell people that it is impossible to stop taking their poison. Yet I was on coumadin, eliquis, xeralo, and pradaxa and when on these I experienced horrific side effects. I refuse to take all of these medications. A natural blood thinner is water. All dairy, meat, and fast foods which is the major composition of the western diet restricts the flow of blood through the cardio-vascular system.

If my current thinner causes liver problems as Eliquis did, I plan to take natural thinners also. I know garlic is another good one.

I’ve been on Xarleto 20mg for 17 months following AFib diagnosis. I have low back pain, large group muscle weakness in my hips and legs. Dizziness and sleep issues. My CP has discounted my complaints and tells me it’s not drug related, but after all the testing including a full body MRI he has no answers to my normal being except AFib.

I wonder why they just don’t let you take aspirin. It’s a great blood thinner.

Aspirin is prescribed often but it works on platelets and is for arterial clots. It would not work as well for veinous clots. Coumadin is cheap as well if you don’t count the blood tests that are needed.

There is not, not, not big money in asprin: Perhaps an asprin regime will cost several dollars a month; Whereas, the new blood thinners can cost as much as $500 per month. The ads on TV caution: Do not stop taking the blood thinner – ask your doctor, ask your doctor: He or she does not know much more that you and I: By the way where is the clinical evidence supporting the allegations of the harmful affects of stopping blood thinners? My experience suggests that there is great harm done from blood thinners:
I have experienced severe side affects from all of the blood thinners and the majority of the docs insist: “take the poison anyway” The docs are not the ones experiencing the harmful side affects.

I am 80, and in the past I have taken all of the blood thinners and I now no longer take any of them. I have not taken any blood thinners for almost one year. Why haven’t I had a stroke or heart attack? Could the reason be that I haven’t had a stroke or heart attack is that I do not eat the typical western diet full of fat, grease, and cholesterol all obtained from meat and dairy. By the way I have had a-fib since 2008 and had an ablation in August 2017 and have been in SR since. Taking zero blood thinners and feeling great.

While taking warfarin after DVT I found that strained muscles took weeks to recover rather than the usual day or so and as I run often this was difficult.

I switched to Xarelto 15mg and have experinced no noticable adverse effects. The odd nose bleed takes longer to stop but inhaling fresh water remains fairly effective even if not comfortable.

What are your side effects on WARFARIN if you have taken it.??

Grandma, The side affects that I experienced from the two months I was on warfarin were a serious of infections in my legs, each infection becoming more antibiotic resistant: I was hospitalized four days with one of the infections. What is amazing about this is that it did not dawn on the docs that it was the warfarin that was causing all of the infections. When I stopped warfarin, much to the hand wringing of the PA, the infections all stopped. Listen to your body: Listen to your body:

My husband has been on Warfarin for almost 20 years. We took the time to learn what he could/could not eat and for the most part have not had any problems other than some bruising and minor bleeding from cuts and scrapes. Three cardiologists have tried to get him to switch to one of the newer drugs. My sister, a critical care nurse for 40 years, told us under no circumstances to trust these newer drugs. Husband is doing just fine on Warfarin.

I have Afib since 2002. I was taking Sotalol. In Dec. 2016 I had a bypass surgery. Now I am on Xarelto. My doctor did not put me back on Sotalol saying that my Afib isn’t that bad. But I have it frequently and it makes me unreliable in my daily activities. So after accessing Dr. Mercola’s website I watched a podcasts. I saw a guy who was controlling his Afib taking 1500 mg of Magnesium each day. I did the same taking 3x500mgs daily and it works! Now my episodes are much shorter and lower intensity and more rare. Thanks Dr Mercola.

Can you tell me which of the Magnesiums you are taking?

I’ve had the same experiences with Eliquis as Barb from Michigan. I had a stroke in Dec. 2015, and was immediately given Eliquis. I also have AFib. I have stopped as of January 2018. I felt terrible, no energy, no ambition to do anything, leg pain and total exhaustion. I believed all these problems were do to a very mild stroke.

3 weeks ago, I had to stop Eliquis for 5 days before steroid injections could be administered. We’re trying to stop pain behind my knee and foot, that was preventing me from walking. By the third day OFF Eliquis, my energy was returning. I still didn’t realize Eliquis was involved, I just knew I felt a little better. By the 5th day with no Eliquis, I knew I had energy again.

My cardiologist wants me to switch to Xarelto, and I am AFRAID to experience exhaustion again.

I have been diagnosed with AFIB which occurred in an office check up I had with my internal med doc. She immediately went on prescribe xarelto. I am wondering if the AFiB was possibly transitory or could it be permanent? I am scheduled for EKG soon and want to forego any drugs until I get the results of the EKG. Is this sound logic?

I went off cumodin because of my green diet. I had difficulty staying within the INR parameters
After starting eliquis I have experienced severe disabling neck pain . I stopped taking eliquis but don’t want to start xarelto until the neck pain goes away. Anybody with experience with duration?

To Barb,

Could you tell me what drug you were switched to? I also have bad side effects from Xarelto. I am looking for alternative. Since you have successfully discontinued Eliquis, I will like to know what medication you were switched to that you felt like a new person?

I had a deep vein blood clot in my calf, as a result of staying in bed for a week, recovering from a back compression fracture. Placed on eliquis. After 22 days lost sense of balance, dizzy, headache. Taking 5mg twice a day. Weigh 116 lbs. Switched to xaltero last night. Couldn’t sleep, skin crawling. Taking myself off this poison, despite doctor’s advice. Hopefully no repercussions.

Thank you, Peoples Pharmacy, for this forum, a fountain of knowledge.

In two months taking 1/2 dose, I had double vision, rapid loss of hearing, and kidney damage. The MD didn’t like it that I stopped Eliquis and started taking Cordyceps mushroom as it hasn’t been tested.

No the MD’s do not like it when you go off their poison. Eliquis, Xralto, or Pradaxa. I have had terrible experiences with all of the above. Yet with the adverse reactions the majority of PA’s and MD’s insist that the patient keeps taking the poisons, by the way at over $300 per month cost. So when the patient dies because he or she does not “listen” to their body. What will be the cause of death? Age or the poisons. I cannot find any statistics about strokes/heart attacks of whether the given persons are taking these medications or not.

After developing AFib I was prescribed Eliquis and after 2 months I developed a rash on my chest. My doctor switched me to Xarelto and the rash immediately cleared up.
However, I discovered that Melatonin was causing my AFib! Since I stopped taking it the AFib has almost stopped happening for which I’m thankful.

My cousin died from Eliquis. She started having uncontrollable bleeding. After three months of transfusions
she decided it was never going to get better and she passed away without the transfusions. This drug was used just in case she might get a clot. When are doctors going to stop using these dangerous
drugs!! They have access to the statistics.

I have had afib since ~1998, and have been taking warfarin since then as as prescribed anti-coagulant, in large part to reduce the likelihood of stroke. I have had both catheter ablation and cryoablation procedures, which greatly reduced afib frequency, but I still use warfarin (~6.0 mg/day).

In almost 20 years of taking warfarin, I have never had any side effects (except of course the increased incidence of bleeding / bruising due to blood thinning). I am diligent about taking warfarin daily, and also try to eat consistent servings of green salad each week, since the vitamin k in salad tends to offset the blood thinning effects of warfarin.

In almost 20 years, I have NEVER had a single PT-INR blood test reading outside the nominal range (2.0-3.0 for afib patients). In the beginning, I used to get weekly PT tests, and then monthly tests when I observed that I was never out of the nominal INR (International Normalized Ratio) range.

Today I get PT tests every 2-3 months. My warfarin costs me $4.00 for a three month supply. When people ask me why I haven’t chosen to switch to one of the costly newer anti-coagulants with all sorts of reported (and possibly as yet undocumented) side effects, I can’t help but laugh.

In 2015 after a cardio-version from a-fib to sinus rhythm, I was prescribed Eliquis: After about two weeks at 5 mg a day I had the most severe nose bleed that I have ever had in my life. I called the cardiologist and was informed to have my nose cauterized. So if the severe bleeding occurs in the brain, does a person have the brain cauterized or the digestive system cauterized if severe bleeding occurs.

Needless to say I stopped taking Elizuis and have not taken it since. Since then no strokes or heart attacks.

In August of 2017 after an ablation I took 150 mg of Pradaxa and became very sick and so my doc prescribed Xarelto and after three days of I experienced severe swelling and pain in my hands and also the beginning of large blisters on the backs of my hands.

I cannot take any of the “new’ blood thinners and I have severe reactions also to warfarin. Thus, I do not take any blood thinners. My diet is total plant based, (zero fired foods): I suspect that, as I do not have animal fat, grease, and cholesterol in my blood, that my blood is already thin.

I am very blessed to have found a cardiologist who is willing to accept that I cannot take blood thinners.


I have had AF since 1985 and have taken Warfarin since being diagnosed. Several times I have been evaluated for having the RF abolition procedure as well as the cryogenic procedure.
Is there any data or information available as to the success being experienced by either of these two procedures?

My 80-year-old husband was diagnosed with Afib one year ago and has been on four different anticoagulants since then, one of which was Eliquis for 40 days. Even at a low dose of 2.5 mg twice a day, he experienced extreme stomach pain. Additionally, he suffered Stage 3 chronic kidney damage when his creatinine level rose to 1.60 (.60-1.30 range) and his GFR dipped to 40 (healthy range is >60); before Eliquis, everything was within range. He is now on Coumadin.

The manufacturers of these new anticoagulants were in such a hurry to get their fair share of the very lucrative market, that they sadly have left it up to patients to experience post-marking events. I just hope it doesn’t take the FDA too long in taking note as they did with devastating Levaquin and Cipro.

My cardiologist will not prescribe the newer anticoagulants. He claims since the drugs are new, the long term side effects are not known. For my part, I and millions of others do very well on wafarin so why the new drugs. The answer is the drug companies want to make money!

I was on Warfarin for two years, but stopped autonomously – I was fed up with my bleeding hemorrhoids. Later (after a remedial operation) I learned about arterial calcification caused by the suppression of Vit K2, and the likely need for Vit K2 supplementation.

Then went on to Eliquis, very reluctantly because (a) there is no antidote, and (b) the instructions warned that one would be at greater risk of clotting if one stopped taking it. I suspected an undisclosed rebound effect, but despite my own enquiries and that of my doctor, could get no information from the manufacturer. The risk of clotting if you stop is of course greater, as it’s an anti-coagulant, but they won’t come clean and state whether the risk is greater BECAUSE the drug has a powerful rebound effect. If it does, I want to know all about it! How deep is the effect? How long would it be before the body returned to it’s pre-Eliquis clotting characteristics?

I now only take Eliquis if I have provoked AF by exercise. I can tell when this is occurring from my own wrist pulse as well as my feelings of panic and fatigue. I worry that I am probably taking a big risk, but at the same time I do not want to be on medication for the rest of my life, just because the medics feel re-assured by bland drug company statements.

My local pharmacist told me that in the UK, Warfarin costs about £1.50 per month, but Eliquis costs about £50 per month. The doctors must be prescribing a lot of it, because the pharmacy never seems to have enough in stock. I usually have to go back the next day.

As I work with these medications In a hospital, know that the newer anti coagulants were a long time in the development as a substitute for warfarin. Yes, they are crazy expensive, but there are serious and good reasons for prescribing them. From what I have heard, the statistics on stroke prevention are better with the newer meds. Ask your prescriber or pharmacist for details. However this needs to be balanced with the very real risk of fatal bleeding that has no antidote. The comments on side effects are enlightening. However in my hospital career, I have seen the devastating effects of strokes related to A Fib, and would not wish that on anyone.

For my 95 year old mother, Elaquis has been a godsend. She no longer drives, and trips to the clinic for INR checks were a real problem during her years taking warfarin. She has already had a stroke from A fib and has had trouble with word finding for decades as a result. After a minor stroke again last spring, we all were happy to have her put on Elaquis. She is functional and free to eat the vegetable based diet with plenty of greens that has kept her healthy for decades.

Yes, she is at risk of falling and having severe and fatal bleeding. We all accept that risk as preferable to a disabling stroke, as she is careful and has no history of falls.

You are exactly right. It’s all about the money.

I was prescribed Eliquis in January, 2017 when I was diagnosed with Afib. Within 1 month I experienced severe dizziness to the point that I had a bad fall resulting in a trip to the ER for a CT scan as I hit my head very hard on a glass door. A couple months later I lost all of my energy and found myself extremely fatigued all the time. Then the muscle and joint pains set in and I felt miserable most of the time and was unable to sleep. I recently asked my new cardiologist if I could switch to a different drug. It has only been 2 weeks since discontinuing Eliquis and I feel like a new person. A lot of the pain in my back and legs is gone, I have a lot more energy and am starting to feel like my old self again. Will never take this drug again!

Barb, I am curious as to what drug you were switched to after stopping eliquis.

Yes Barb, please share what your miracle drug was! On Xarelto now with side effects as you mentioned, dizziness, tingling, etc…would like to know what your solution drug was!

Please, what was the different drug you changed to? I am having back pain, and low energy on eliquis.

To the person who commented that after taking Eliquis beginning in Jan. 2017 and all the adverse symptoms his doctor took him/her off of it. I was wondering if the doctor switched him to one of the other newer drugs or what if any.

What drug did you switch to?

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