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Can changing dosage timing of Eliquis have adverse effects?

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Posted on Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Question: I am taking Eliquis for a fib. I take it every 12 hours. Not sure it I took dose 2 hours ago. Pill count indicates no but there might be an error in that. I'm thinking that waiting till the next dose is the wisest thing to do. I might adjust it an hour earlier which I've been wanting to do. Seems safer to wait if not sure. Does it stay in your system and keep working beyond the 12 hours?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (2 hours later)
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I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I agree with you on the decision on waiting for the next dose.

But, the overdose would impose you to higher risk of bleeding, compared to the risk of waiting for the next dose.

The half-time of Eliquis is 6 hours, which means that it stays in your blood up to 30 hours in progressively lowering concentrations.

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri

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Can changing dosage timing of Eliquis have adverse effects?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! Regarding your concern, I agree with you on the decision on waiting for the next dose. But, the overdose would impose you to higher risk of bleeding, compared to the risk of waiting for the next dose. The half-time of Eliquis is 6 hours, which means that it stays in your blood up to 30 hours in progressively lowering concentrations. Hope to have been helpful! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri