Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) is used to prevent stroke and harmful blood clots if you have a certain type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Dabigatran is an anticoagulant that works by blocking a certain substance (a clotting protein called thrombin) in your blood. This helps to keep blood flowing smoothly in your body. Dabigatran is also used to treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (DVT) or lungs and to reduce the risk of them occurring again. This medication may also be used to prevent these blood clots from forming after hip replacement surgery. Dabigatran should not be used to prevent blood clots from forming after artificial heart valve replacement. If you have had heart valve surgery, talk to your doctor about the best medication for you. Do not stop taking any medication, including dabigatran, without talking to your doctor first. Dabigatran (Generic) is available in addition to the brand name Pradaxa.
Take Pradaxa exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
Q: Why is Pradaxa prescribed?
A: This medication helps prevent the formation of blood clots
Q: What lifestyle changes should I make while taking Pradaxa?
A: Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth. Also, avoid alcohol. Heavy drinking can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Q: Does Pradaxa have a generic alternative?
A: Yes, Dabigatran (Generic) is available for purchase.
Q: Are there any major cautions I should be aware of?
A: Dabigatran can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia (epidural). See the Cautions section for more.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Pradaxa?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if you remember the missed dose less than 6 hours before your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.