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Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is a reversible anticoagulant used to prevent or treat blood clots in a variety of applications. It works about as well as warfarin, but requires less monitoring with blood tests.
The medication idarucizumab offers an antidote to Pradaxa, which is effective within moments of administration. Patients taking Pradaxa may want to carry an ID bracelet or similar notifications that Pradaxa is being taken.
In most cases Pradaxa is used to prevent or treat blood clots in the following scenarios:
Pradaxa is a potent medication that should not be used frivolously. Doctor instructions should be followed through the duration of treatment and doctor checkups should be attended. Note that this medication should not be ended abruptly; dosage will usually be gradually reduced.
This product comes in tablets, which should be swallowed whole; do not split, crush, chew, dissolve, or otherwise damage tablet integrity. A full glass of fluid is recommended with each dose, though food is optional. Opened containers of Pradaxa tablets will begin to lose potency after about 4 months.
If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible unless there are 6 hours or less before the next scheduled dose, in which case it may be skipped entirely. Never take a double-dose of Pradaxa to compensate for a missed dose.
Dosage is very difficult to summarize. Doctors will want to perform a creatinine clearance (CrCl) test before determining dosage to evaluate kidney function. In patients who have moderate or better kidney function---CrCl greater than 30 ml/min---treatment is usually:
Patients with severe kidney impairment---CrCl less than 30 ml/min---may or may not be suitable candidates for Pradaxa use. Those who are will certainly be given lower doses, usually around 75 mg taken twice per day.
Duration of treatment can be quite variable, spanning months to years depending on the condition and whether or not it can be resolved, among other factors.
Warnings & Side Effects
As mentioned above, this is a potent medication that must be used with care. That said, most patients who do use it as directed have few, if any, problems with it; keep in mind that Pradaxa was prescribed because its benefits---which can save lives---are considered to be worth the risks.
Pradaxa is known to interact with certain other medications. Of greatest concern are:
Be sure to double-check with a doctor if taking the above with Pradaxa.
Pradaxa should not be used by individuals with a prosthetic heart valve.
Patients taking this medication will bleed easier. Patients over age 75 are at increased risk, as are those who have preexisting ulcers or intestinal bleeding. Uncontrolled or unexplained bleeding should be brought to the attention of a doctor, or emergency medical attention sought if severe. Some things patients can do to minimize risks include:
Rarely severe side effects will develop. In studies Pradaxa has shown to produce fewer life-threatening bleeds, but did produce slightly more gastrointestinal bleeds. Seek medical attention if experiencing:
The majority of patients who take Pradaxa experience only mild gastrointestinal upset.