Compare Pradaxa vs. Lovenox

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Pradaxa (dabigatran)

Prescription only

Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

Prescription only
Prevents and treats blood clots.

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.

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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Pill
  • Injection
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Any bleeding
    11%
  • Non-major bleeding
    5%
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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 risk factors
  • 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)
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  • 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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