Compare Coumadin vs. Pradaxa
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Coumadin (warfarin) is a cheap and effective medicine that prevents new blood clots. It requires regular blood tests and you'll need to eat, exercise, and take your medicines consistently.
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.
- Coumadin (warfarin) is available as a generic, so it should be less expensive than the brand version.
- In case you start bleeding too much while using Coumadin (warfarin), your doctor can give you another drug that reverses Coumadin (warfarin)'s effects.
- Coumadin (warfarin) comes in numerous strengths.
- Coumadin (warfarin) has been around for a long time and is one of the most commonly used 'blood thinner' medicines.
- 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.
- Raises your risk of bleeding and bruising.
- Requires regular blood work, such as an INR, to make sure Coumadin (warfarin) is working correctly.
- Your daily dose of Coumadin (warfarin) can change if you change your diet, exercise patterns, or use of alcohol.
- A lot of other drugs and supplements interact with Coumadin (warfarin), so you'll need to check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
- Not available as generic.
- There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
- Can't take during pregnancy.
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- GI side effect35%
- Any side effect21%
- Any bleed20%
- Major gastrointestinal bleed6%
- Major bleed3%
- GI bleed3%
- Gastritis-like symptoms3%
- Life-threatening bleed2%
- Gastrointestinal bleed2%
- Life threatening bleeding
Coumadin (warfarin) dose too high
...and 8 more risk factors
- Harm to fetus
Women of childbearing age
- Blood clots
Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon
- Blood clot in the spine
...and 2 more risk factors
- Unusual bleeding
...and 1 more risk factors
- Increased risk of stroke or bleeding
Artificial heart valve