What is Pradaxa (Dabigatran) used for?
Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a blood thinner used to treat irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) and reduce your risk of strokes and harmful blood clots. Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is also used to prevent blood clots from forming between the lungs and legs and treating deep vein thrombosis. It's also used to reduce your risk of forming blood clots after hip replacement surgery. Dabigatran (Pradaxa) is an anticoagulant that keeps blood flowing smoothly by blocking the clotting protein thrombin in the blood. Pradaxa should not be used to prevent the formation of blood clots following the replacement of artificial heart valves. It is important to talk to your doctor about the best medication for you following heart valve surgery. Do not stop taking any medication, including dabigatran, without consulting your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pradaxa (Dabigatran)
Your doctor will tell you how much to take, usually twice a day, with or without food. There should be a 12 hour interval between the first and second doses of Pradaxa given to children. If you have a stomach upset while taking this medication, take it with food. Dabigatran may not work as well if you take it with antacids within 24 hours of surgery.
Drink 8 ounces/240 milliliters of water after swallowing the capsules. Taking the capsules crushed, chewed, or broken open can cause the entire dose to be released at once. This can increase your risk of experiencing side effects.
Medications must be stored in their original bottles (or blister packages) to protect them from moisture. See also the Storage section for more details.
In addition to your medical condition and kidney function, your dose is determined by how well you respond to treatment. For children, the dosage is also determined by age and weight. Be sure to convey this information to your doctor and pharmacist.
It is important that you use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Take it at the same time(s) every day to make sure you remember to take it.
Be sure you follow the directions carefully. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more frequently than recommended. call your doctor if you wish to stop taking this medication.
The most commonly reported side effects of Pradaxa (Dabigatran) include:
- bruising and minor bleeding (such as nosebleeds and bleeding from cuts)
- severe heartburn
- skin rash
- abdominal or stomach pain
- stomach upset
- stomach ulcer
There are other side effects that may occur that are not listed on this page.
Talk to our doctor if you have a personal or family history of kidney problems. This medication can increase your risk of bleeding and may not be safe to take if you have a history of bleeding problems. Seek immediate medical attention if you begin coughing up blood.
Few known Drug Interactions of Pradaxa (Dabigatran) are listed below:
- Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
- Lasix (Furosemide)
- Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
- Metoprolol Succinate Er (Metoprolol)
- Potassium Chloride
A complete list of Pradaxa (Dabigatran) Drug Interactions is not available on this page.
Consult your physician if you have any questions about this medicine's drug interactions.
Starting price of Pradaxa 75mg cost in Canada
- 30 capsules - $94.50 USD ($3.15 per capsules)
- 60 capsules - $157.50 USD ($2.63 per capsules)
- 90 capsules - $207.90 USD ($2.31 per capsules)
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Starting price of Dabigatran 75mg cost in Canada
- 30 capsules - $78.75 USD ($2.63 per capsules)
- 60 capsules - $126.00 USD ($2.10 per capsules)
- 90 capsules - $173.25 USD ($1.93 per capsules)
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