Prescription onlyClass: Cardiovascular



Prescription onlyClass: Cardiovascular
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Prevents blood clots.

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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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  • 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.


  • Not available as generic.
  • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
  • Can't take during pregnancy.
How it works

Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is an anticoagulant that stops the formation of blood clots.

What to expect when you take Pradaxa (dabigatran) for Anticoagulant

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Side effect rates for Pradaxa (dabigatran)

6076 From clinical trials of Pradaxa / Prevention of blood clots (150 mg)
  • Gi side effect
  • Any side effect
  • Any bleed
  • Indigestion
  • Major gastrointestinal bleed
  • Gi bleed
  • Major bleed
  • Gastritis-like symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal bleed
  • Life-threatening bleed

Risks and Warnings for Pradaxa (dabigatran)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon

    Don't stop taking Pradaxa (Dabigatran) until your doctor tells you to, since stopping too early can put you at greater risk for getting blood clots or stroke, especially if you're not being switched to another blood thinner to continue treatment. Talk to your doctor first if you want to stop this medication.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Pradaxa (dabigatran)

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  • the only problem is it's cost.
  • Must take with food and liquid
  • Should be taken with food to prevent upset stomach. Also some issue with swallowig capsules. Switching to Eliquis.