I have been on apixiban for 6 weeks and was at the Doctor yesterday for a blood sample to be taken to check how my kidneys and liver are coping. When nurse was taking sample she got the needle into my vein and got some blood but not enough and had to start again on my other arm and after wriggling the needle around she got enough blood.
Sorry if this sounds a stupid question but why did she finds it so difficult to get blood when anticoagulants are meant to keep blood flowing smoothly? I am on the lowest dose of apixiban as I had a stomach bleed on aspirin last year. Do you think the anticoagulant is not working well enough as there is no way of testing like there is on warfarin?