Compare Pradaxa vs. Lovenox

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

Pradaxa (Dabigatran)

Prescription only

Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

Prescription only
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.

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.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 19 reviewsforLovenox
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Not available as generic.
  • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
  • Can't take during pregnancy.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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19 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
63%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
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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7possible side effects
  • Fever
    5%
  • Major hemorrhage
    4%
  • Hemorrhage
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Peripheral edema
    3%
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Edema
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Blood clots

    Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon

  • Blood clot in the spine

    Spinal tap

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Unusual bleeding

    Drug interactions

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of stroke or bleeding

    Artificial heart valve

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  • Blood clot in the spine

    Spinal puncture (spinal tap)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Unusual bleeding

    History of bleeding problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of stroke or increased risk of blood clots

    Stopping Lovenox (Enoxaparin) early

  • Clotting problems

    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

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