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ELIQUIS® (apixaban) is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. Ask your doctor if ELIQUIS is right for you. For people with a higher risk of stroke due to Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem This risk is higher if, an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine, you take NSAIDs or blood thinners, you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures. Tell your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness, especially in your legs and feet. Before you take ELIQUIS, tell your doctor if you have: kidney or liver problems, any other medical condition, or ever had bleeding problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed. Do not take ELIQUIS if you currently have certain types of abnormal bleeding or have had a serious allergic reaction to ELIQUIS. A reaction to ELIQUIS can cause hives, rash, itching, and possibly trouble breathing. Get medical help right away if you have sudden chest pain or chest tightness, have sudden swelling of your face or tongue, have trouble breathing, wheezing, or feeling dizzy or faint. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/ medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see additional Important Product Information on the adjacent page. Individual results may vary. Visit ELIQUIS.COM or call 1-855-ELIQUIS IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not stop taking ELIQUIS for atrial fibrillation without talking to the doctor who prescribed it for you. Stopping ELIQUIS increases your risk of having a stroke. ELIQUIS may need to be stopped, prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking ELIQUIS and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking ELIQUIS, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming. ELIQUIS can cause bleeding, which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death. You may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take ELIQUIS and take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin (COUMADIN®), heparin, SSRIs or SNRIs, and other blood thinners. Tell your doctor about all medicines, vitamins and supplements you take. While taking ELIQUIS, you may bruise more easily and it may take longer than usual for any bleeding to stop. Get medical help right away if you have any of these signs or symptoms of bleeding: - unexpected bleeding, or bleeding that lasts a long time, such as unusual bleeding from the gums; nosebleeds that happen often, or menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal - bleeding that is severe or you cannot control - red, pink, or brown urine; red or black stools (looks like tar) - coughing up or vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds - unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain; headaches, feeling dizzy or weak ELIQUIS is not for patients with artificial heart valves. Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take ELIQUIS, and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). ©2014 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 432US14BR01783-03-01 10/14 I was taking warfarin. But ELIQUIS was a better find. I TAKE ELIQUIS® (apixaban) FOR 3 GOOD REASONS: 1 ELIQUIS reduced the risk of stroke better than warfarin. 2 ELIQUIS had less major bleeding than warfarin. 3 Unlike warfarin, there’s no routine blood testing. ELIQUIS and other blood thinners increase the risk of bleeding which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death.