Compare Eliquis vs. Pradaxa

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Eliquis (apixaban)

Prescription only

Pradaxa (Dabigatran)

Prescription only
Prevents blood clots.

Eliquis (apixaban) is an effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins, but you have to take it twice a day, and your doctor might have to change the dose a lot.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 19 reviewsforEliquis
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
  • Eliquis (apixaban) is very effective in reducing the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrilation or other clotting disorders.
  • You don't need to have regular blood tests on Eliquis (apixaban), and you don't have to regulate your diet like other blood thinners.
  • If you've had clots in your legs or lungs before, Eliquis (apixaban) can lower the risk of these forming again.
  • 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
  • You can bruise easier and if you cut yourself, it'll take longer to stop the bleeding. Always look for signs of internal bleeding, such as dark urine or bloody stools.
  • Can't be used if you have artificial heart valves.
  • Never stop taking Eliquis (apixaban) without talking to your doctor first.
  • Eliquis (apixaban) isn't available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
  • If you've taken too much Eliquis (apixaban) and you're bleeding, it can be harder to treat compared to other blood thinners.
  • 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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Reviews
19 reviews so far
47%
saidit'sworth it
58%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Major bleed
    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
  • Increased risk of stroke or blood clots from early discontinuation
    • Stopping Eliquis (apixaban) prematurely
  • Paralysis in the spine
    • Spinal puncture (spinal tap)
    • Getting anesthesia in the spine (epidural anesthesia)
    • History of spinal surgery
    • Concomitant use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other blood-thinners
  • Interactions with other drugs
  • Increased risk of stroke or bleeding
    • Artificial heart valve
  • Increased side effects in kidney or liver conditions
    • Current kidney problems
    • Current liver problems
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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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