Ive had 7 PE's even while taking warfarin. Had a stroke and a number of TIA's also. Each time ive had a clot in my lungs they say i must have had a dvt well ive never felt one. I have a number of other health issues, Ive only been in my therapeutic target 51% in the last 12 months. I have been having weekly INR tests and when in range i get a two week break. I must say that ive been taking warfarin for nearly 18 years. Each time ive had a clot my INR range was increased.
Have others had clots while taking warfarin?
Just over two weeks i went to have my check up with the Consultant Haematologist well they brought out a drug for me to go onto telling me that it would be better for me, no tests needed. Well they put me on Apixaban. Within 2 days of taking this tablet i was suffering from nausea which is comman side effect. Over the next few days i started to suffer from dizziness and lightheaded and blurred vision feeling tired and headaches i thought i was just coming down with a sinus problem or a cold or virus.
I went to the hospital to see a doctor at the oral and maxillofacial Dept and told him that my warfarin had been changed to Apixaban his words were oh another drug they are throwing at patients so it cuts down on the amount of work they have to do. He said there is no information really about how to treat a patient with APLS on this drug, he showed me the medical book he had and he found the tablet but showed there was not much else written about the drug because really nobody knows.
I came home from the hospital and looked on the computer to see what information there was regarding this drug and the information the Consultant Haematologist i was informed that the drug was out of my system within 12 hours which is why its two tablets per day. The computer told me it was 60 hours for the drug not to be in my system Which is correct ?
On friday i rang the hospital ref the drug i spoke to the anticoagulation team told her all the problems i was having and thought they must be related to this medication i was given. she asked me what number could the doctor contact me on as he would ring me back well i waited for that call it never happened. I took my dosage on friday morning but have not taken it since then as i want to be put back on warfarin.
Friday evening i had a fall hurting my knee and cheekbone, shoulder. giving myself a black eye.
Do others know of this drug? Is it a trial drug?