Compare Arixtra vs. Pradaxa

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Arixtra
(Fondaparinux)

Pradaxa
(Dabigatran)

Coming soon.Prevents blood clots. Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.
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Side effects
ArixtraPradaxa

We haven’t found good data for Arixtra side effects.

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How it works
ArixtraPradaxa
Coming soon.Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is an anticoagulant that stops the formation of blood clots.
Type of medication
ArixtraPradaxa
Coming soon.
Anticoagulant
Thrombin inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
ArixtraPradaxa
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
ArixtraPradaxa
  • Deep venous thrombosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ArixtraPradaxa
Coming soon.
  • Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon
  • Spinal tap
  • Anesthesia along the spine (epidural anesthesia)
  • Taking NSAIDs, aspirin, or other blood-thinning medicines
  • Drug interactions
  • Taking with NSAIDs, aspirin, or other blood-thinning medicines
    • Artificial heart valve
    Detailed Pradaxa (Dabigatran) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    ArixtraPradaxa
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ArixtraPradaxa
    Coming soon.
    • Clinical studies have shown that the risk of stroke and blood clots is lower than with warfarin, another popular "blood thinner" (anticoagulant).
    • Doesn't require regular blood tests or frequent dose changes.
    • In studies comparing Pradaxa (Dabigatran) to other "blood thinners", it worked just as well in preventing strokes and was better in lowering the risk of bleeding.
    Downsides and risks
    ArixtraPradaxa
    Coming soon.
    • Not available as generic.
    • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
    • Can't take during pregnancy.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ArixtraPradaxa
    Coming soon.
    • Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is an anticoagulant, so it's important not to miss a dose. Don't stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor first.
    • When taking Pradaxa (Dabigatran), you can bleed more easily, so use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor to avoid cutting yourself.
    • Take this exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
    • Take with a full glass of water. Swallow the capsule whole. Don't chew, break, or open the capsule.
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