Compare aspirin vs. Pradaxa
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Ecotrin (aspirin) can be used for pain and fever relief or heart protection, and is generally very safe and affordable.
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is an effective oral medicine for preventing and treating blood clots, but it can increase the risk of bleeding especially in older people and those with kidney problems.
- Ecotrin (aspirin) provides the best protection for your heart to prevent heart attacks and stroke with the lowest risk of side effects
- It is available over-the-counter in drugstores on its own and in combination with other cold and flu medications.
- Ecotrin (aspirin) is available as a cheaper, generic form.
- Ecotrin (aspirin) is available in several forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, and suppositories.
- Pradaxa (dabigatran) doesn't require regular blood tests or frequent dose changes, unlike Coumadin.
- Works just as well as other blood thinners in lowering the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
- In cases of accidental overdose, an antidote is available to reverse the effects of the medicine.
- May be taken with or without food.
- Ecotrin (aspirin) is not a preferred medication for treating pain, inflammation, or fever due to the high risk of bleeding.
- Ecotrin (aspirin) increases the risk of bleeding, especially when used with other blood thinner medications like Coumadin (warfarin).
- Pradaxa (dabigatran) is not available in generic form so it can be expensive.
- Might not be a good option for people age 75 or older and those with kidney problems due to the increased risk of bleeding.
- Not safe to be used in people with artificial heart valves.
- Pradaxa (dabigatran) is associated with a higher risk of stomach bleeding compared to Coumadin.
- Might not be appropriate for people who need to take aspirin or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) regularly since it can add to the risk of bleeding.
- Extended release
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- Any bleeding11%
- Non-major bleeding5%
- Reye's Syndrome in children
- Children 18 years or younger
- Children recovering from viral infections
- History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
- Taking Ecotrin (aspirin), NSAIDs, or blood thinners
- Alcohol use
- People 75 years and older taking high dose (325mg) of Ecotrin (aspirin)
- Serious allergic reactions
- Allergy to Ecotrin (aspirin)
- Blood clots
- Stopping Pradaxa (dabigatran) suddenly
- Blood clots in the spine
- People who have done a spinal tap or had a local anesthetic medicine injected into their spine
- Increased risk of bleeding
- Taking other medicines that also increase bleeding risk such as NSAIDs, aspirin, or blood thinners
- People with kidney problems
- People age 75 or older
- People with artificial heart valves
- People with artificial heart valve(s)