Compare Lovenox vs. Pradaxa

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

Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

Prescription only

Pradaxa (Dabigatran)

Prescription only
Prevents blood clots.

Lovenox (Enoxaparin) is a good anticoagulant that reduces the risk of death or bleeding, and blood clots are less likely to happen. However, it is only available as an injection which isn't great if you're afraid of needles.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 19 reviewsforLovenox
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.

Upsides
  • In a study that compared Lovenox (Enoxaparin) to other medications used to stop blood clots, there was a lower risk of clots coming back, with similar rates of major bleeding and mortality.
  • You don't need to go in for lab tests to check whether it's working, unlike other medications like warfarin that require regular blood draws.
  • Available in generic so it can be cheaper than other "blood thinners".
  • Good option if you're pregnant or have cancer.
  • 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
  • It is only available as an injection, so it's not great if you're afraid of needles.
  • While surprise bleeding episodes can be treated while taking Lovenox (Enoxaparin), they won't completely work.
  • It doesn't work as well as other medications for "thinning the blood" if you are overweight, underweight, or if you have kidney disease.
  • Not available as generic.
  • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
  • Can't take during pregnancy.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Reviews
19 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
63%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Fever
    5%
  • Major hemorrhage
    4%
  • Hemorrhage
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Peripheral edema
    3%
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Edema
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • GI side effect
    35%
  • Any side effect
    21%
  • Any bleed
    20%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Major gastrointestinal bleed
    6%
  • Major bleed
    3%
  • GI bleed
    3%
  • Gastritis-like symptoms
    3%
  • Life-threatening bleed
    2%
  • Gastrointestinal bleed
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Blood clot in the spine
    • Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
    • Getting anesthesia in the spine (epidural anesthesia)
    • Taking NSAIDs or other blood thinning medicines
  • Unusual bleeding
    • History of bleeding problems
    • Severe high blood pressure
    • Older age
  • Increased risk of stroke or increased risk of blood clots
    • Stopping Lovenox (Enoxaparin) early
  • Clotting problems
    • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
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  • Blood clots
    • Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon
  • Blood clot in the spine
    • Spinal tap
    • Anesthesia along the spine (epidural anesthesia)
    • Taking NSAIDs, aspirin, or other blood-thinning medicines
  • Unusual bleeding
    • Drug interactions
    • Taking with NSAIDs, aspirin, or other blood-thinning medicines
  • Stomach or intestinal problems
  • Increased risk of stroke or bleeding
    • Artificial heart valve
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