Eliquis And Shortness Of Breath

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My boyfriend began taking Eliquis in March for AFIB. (He is 68.) Right away he wasn't himself. He gets short of breath dozens of times a day now when he didn't before. Even going upstairs is a problem. He needs to exercise because of his peripheral arterial disease, and he can't because he becomes so short of breath. He was walking for an hour and a half at a time. He gets short of breath so often that it scares him and me. The doctor said that Eliquis can't cause this. He wouldn't take him off of it, so my boyfriend continued to struggle. About three weeks ago my boyfriend had an epic nosebleed that we had to go to the E.R. for. In treating the nosebleed, they stopped his Eliquis. Lo and behold no more shortness of breath. When he had his follow up with the cardiologist a week later, he put him back on it despite what my boyfriend and I attempted to explain to him. He refused to listen and said it wasn't a side effect. He upped the dose of his metoprolol and sent him on his way. And almost immediately the shortness of breath was back and my boyfriend feels lousy again. Why don't doctors listen? Aren't they obligated to report these reactions? Maybe it other people are having the same reaction and their doctors aren't listening either because no one is writing it down.


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Verwon Says:

Hello, Mary! How is your boyfriend doing?

Actually, the FDA lists shortness of breath as being among the most common side effects that can occur with this medication, along with nausea, dizziness, headache, increased risk of bleeding and easy bruising.

No, the doctor isn't obligated to report such issues, but you can. You can call them at 855-543-3784.

As to the doctor not listening, your boyfriend is also not obligated to continue seeing him. Sometimes, hitting them where it hurts, IE: their wallet, is what makes the biggest difference.

It is an unfortunate fact that most doctors are not aware of most of the side effects that can be caused by medications they may prescribe. They do not spend nearly as much time studying it as a pharmacist, clinical researcher, or pharmacy tech.....and when you get a doctor that won't listen, it creates total chaos.



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Jan Says:

I've been on eliquis about 3 years. At first I felt a little shortness of breath but after a few months it wasn't as noticeable. Today and the past couple of weeks I have had severe shortness of breath, headaches, and lightheadedness. I'll be calling the doctor tomorrow (it is Sunday today). I feel like I have to force myself to take deep breaths. I am on 5 mg two times a day. I have mentioned this each time that I see the doctor (actually I've been to 2 cardiologists). They both skate over this. Eliquis couldn't cause this.

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Suzie Says:
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His shortness of breath is no better. As a matter of fact it is so debilitating at this point there's very little quality of life. He can hardly get around, but he won't go to the ER or call for an appointment so there is little I can do. I did talk him into scheduling an appointment with a pulmonologist. That doesn't happen until February nor is his next cardiologist appointment until then. To make matters worse his urologist found signs of an abdominal aneurysm. His vascular doctor agreed, and he needs surgery. However that can't happen until his shortness of breath can be explained. It's a vicious cycle. None of these specialists communicate. Plus, to be honest, my boyfriend doesn't express himself well. I can't go to every appointment with him because I work full time. I just cycle through worry, prayer, and exasperation.

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buddy Says:

I been on Eliquis for two weeks and i have all the side effects. nausea, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath. my doctor told me when that bottle runs out i could get on 4 - 81mg baby aspirin a day. maybe your doctor will let you try that. if not you might want to check with another doctor... good luck and God bless...........

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Beatrix Says:

Hi. Did you go to your doc? Did they find another cause of being short of breath? I have been taking eliquis for nearly 3 moths now. I am an athlete and today I could not do my running because I was so out of breath with my usual tempo and puls. Has anyone who is an athlete experienced breathing difficulties (exertional dyspnea) while training due to eliquis?

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Queticopete Says:
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I have been on eliquis for about 3 months. I had an ablation in Dec and was told to stay on eliquis till March. I am an athlete who has exercised my whole life. Since being on eliquis I have a strange shortness of breath that happens when ever I start exercising. Even going for a walk makes it happen. I soldier on and after about ten minutes it usually get a bit better but still is noticeable. I know it is the eliquis because I feel good otherwise. I am hoping it goes away when I stop taking eliquis in a few weeks. I feel for you and completely get your frustration.

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Queticopete Says:
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I recently stopped taking Eliquis on the advice of my doctor. It has been almost three months since I had my afib ablation and I have had no problems. The shortness of breath that I had been experiencing has gone away now. It took a few days but I can finally achieve good exercise tolerance and don't get that strange shortness of breath whenever I started some kind of exercise. I'm sure Eliquis caused this.

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Kathleen Says:

I am 82 and have been on Eliquis 2 mg twice daily for Afib. I have had breathing problems with exertion but for the last 2 days the shortness of breath has been continuous.
I have had most of the side effects Including balance problems and memory loss.i
Is their another medical I can take instead of Eliquis.
I was feeling great before taking this medication.

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Queticopete Says:
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Hi Kathleen. Sorry to hear about your side effects. I did suffer a strange shortness of breath while taking Eliquis. It has gone away now that I stopped taking it. There are other blood thinners out there but if you are wanting to make changes make sure you consult with a doctor you trust. These mess are something's a necessary evil but yes there are some choices.

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acassi Says:

Eliquis- Shortness of breath. My mom was on coumadin- doing okay, but the cardiologist because of her severe pulmonary hypertension felt Eliquis might be better for her so she switched. She is now SEVERELY sob on exertion and it clicked when she told me it increased after she started started the Eliquis. I ran a search on side effects and there it was listed. Will be calling cardiologist to switch her back.
We wills if her SOB decreases. Will keep you posted.

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Dave Says:

I have shortness of breath after being put on Eliquis for the past week and a half, following cardioversion for atrial flutter. Is this a common symptom?

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Acassi Says:
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Update: My mom ended up in the emergency room because of the shortness of breath, her cbc was drawn and she was anemic. Shd had a GI bleed! They transfused her 1 unit of blood and gave her some IV Iron. She walked out of the hospital on NO oxygen!!! Make sure your doctors are monitoring your cbc's !! Made a big difference in her breathing. We are not sure where the slow bleed is coming from. She is staying on coumadin for now. Her cardiologist said if you are very short of breath on Eliquis it can be because your anemic. So be aware!!!

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Acassi Says:
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Try and have your Doctor check your blood work for anemia!!!

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Kravhammer Says:
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I have a serious interstitial lung disease. The disease requires that monitor my blood oxygen saturation level. After a couple of heart procedures, my cardiologist placed me on effient. My pulmonologist could not figure out why my oxygen saturation levels plummeted. It turns out that effient has a known side effect of shortness of breath, which my cardiologist did not consider. I had to discover the side effect on my own by conducting internet search. In my search, I have learned that shortness of breath is a common side effect for not only effient but Eliquis, and several other blood thinners/anticoagulants. Doctors fail to warn patients of this dangerous outcome, or they don't communicate with each other regarding treatments. Don't be a sheep. Question everything your doctor prescribes to you.

The good news is, once I quit the blood thinners/anticoagulants, my oxygen saturation level has greatly improved.

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realetybytes Says:

My 89 yr old dad was put on it, immediately experinced shortness of breath and panting like a dog, and incredible shaking episodes, throwing him back and to the right. I would speak to him, but no response for 30 secondss. I called them convulsions. after stoppinf the med, within 3 weeks he could walk short distances again, but the shaking, while not as bad, returns. Panting has gotten slightly less, but he sounds like an obscene caller on phone, and can't have long conersations. Eliquis is evil.

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Kravhammer Says:
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I have now been able to quantify the harm caused to my breathing by the anticoagulants. I had an appointment this past week with my pulmonologist, who had me take a 6-minute walk evaluation. While on the anticoagulants, I had to be on 6 L of oxygen to complete the evaluation. Now that I am off the anticoagulants for 2 months it only requires 4 liters to complete the same evaluation. That is a substantial Improvement. Again don't blindly trust your doctor, ask questions and get the right answers.

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George Says:
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My mom turned 90 in June in perfect health,never had shortness of breath neither, and everything since she started taking that drug eliquis she has also been short of breath. I believe that the FDA.approved it,because they still making money out of the cost of the American people.

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George Says:
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My mom turned 90 in June in perfect health,never had shortness of breath neither, and everything since she started taking that drug eliquis she has also been short of breath. I believe that the FDA.approved and they know the consequences why approve of this drug.

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Kravhammer Says:
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Dr. Checked for anemia. It's the drug that causes the shortness of breath.

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Becky Says:
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I have shortness of breath all the time. I am on Eliquis and metropolis. Now my internist put me on advair and it is worse! I would love to get off of all these drugs and take aspirin only. My heart doctor says I need eliquis with a fib because I could have a stroke. I have no heart disease or valve problems.

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