The US Department of Health and Human Services says that almost 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. 658,000 of these individuals survive, and thanks to medications their chances of having another stroke are lower than ever.
Pradaxa® is an anticoagulant which can help reduce the risk of developing blood clots in patients who have Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). It is also used to treat and prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Pradaxa® is available under the generic name dabigatran.
For patients with DVT or PE, Pradaxa® is prescribed to treat blood clots in the veins in your lungs (PE) or legs (DVT) and help reduce the chance of developing further clots.
For patients with AFib, Pradaxa® helps reduce the chance of blood clots forming and helps reduce your risk of stroke.
Blood thinners don’t actually thin your blood. There are two types of blood thinners.
Pradaxa ® is an anticoagulant which blocks thrombin, a clotting protein. When the protein is blocked, blood clots are prevented, which helps reduce your risk of stroke. As well, it will treat and prevent blood clots in the veins in your lungs (PE) or legs (DVT).
Your doctor will prescribe Pradaxa® based on your health, risks, other medications you may be taking and how well you respond to this medication.
How do I take Pradaxa®?
The active ingredient in Pradaxa® is dabigatran etexilate mesylate. It is available in three strengths.
Brand-name Pradaxa® – 75 mg
Brand-name Pradaxa® – 110 mg
Brand-name Pradaxa® – 150 mg
Take your prescription Pradaxa® exactly as prescribed. It is important to work with your doctor to have periodic blood tests to check kidney function. Do not stop this medication on your own and do not increase or decrease the dose without medical guidance.
If you are scheduled for surgery, you may need to stop this medication a day or two before surgery, including dental surgery. Speak to your doctor for guidance on how to do this safely.
Common side effects of Pradaxa® include indigestion, upset stomach and stomach pain. It is a good idea to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these minor side effects don’t improve.
Pradaxa® is an anticoagulant and therefore you may be at risk for bleeding. Your risk for bleeding while on this medication is higher if:
Talk to your pharmacist for a complete list of other considerations you must be aware of before taking Pradaxa®.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these negative side effects:
There are definitely several risk factors and lifestyle factors that may put you at higher risk for stroke, including:
Speak to your doctor about your particular health risks and what you can do to lessen your chance of stroke.
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