Eliquis is used to treat and prevent blood clots from forming in the blood, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It works by blocking a specific clotting factor in the body. This makes it more difficult for clots to form, and it also helps to break up any existing clots that are already formed.
Like many other medications, there are some foods and drinks that are not good to consume while on Eliquis. Some of these include leafy green vegetables, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and coffee. It is recommended that patients drink only a small amount of these substances while on the medication. Alcohol is not recommended as it naturally interferes with the body’s ability to prevent clots and can worsen bleeding problems.
Some herbal supplements can also interact with Eliquis and increase the risk of bleeding. These herbs include ginger, St. John’s wort, and others. It is important to run any herbs that you want to take through your doctor before taking them while on Eliquis.
Patients who are placed on Eliquis usually have underlying heart issues and can benefit from eating a heart-healthy diet. This should be rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats. It is a good idea to consult a dietician for more help planning a heart-healthy diet. A patient should also consult their doctor about any diet restrictions before beginning treatment with Eliquis.