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GENERIC ALTERNATIVE LISTING - Dabigatran Etexilate
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
75mg
110mg
150mg
BRAND LISTING - Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate)
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
75mg
110mg
150mg
Product description written by Dr. Ami Patel, PharmD (Mar 6, 2020)

What is Pradaxa?

Pradaxa (generic name dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is a blood thinner. It is used to treat and prevent blood clots. It slows down the way red blood cells clump together to form clots.

Blood clots can cause serious heart problems, heart attacks, and strokes. Pradaxa is used to help you live longer by preventing complications from blood clots.

What is Pradaxa used for?

Pradaxa is used to treat and prevent blood clots. It can melt blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE) or blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) in people who were already treated with a blood thinner shot (injection) for at least 5 days. It can prevent blood clots in the legs and lungs for people who are having surgery for a hip replacement. It can also help prevent a blood clot (PE or DVT) from reoccurring in people who have been previously treated for a PE or DVT.

Finally, it can help reduce the chances of having a stroke or blood clot anywhere in the body for people with an irregular heartbeat, known as "atrial fibrillation". During atrial fibrillation, your heart beats too fast and cannot pump blood out of the heart. This causes blood to pool in your heart which then leads to blood clots forming in the heart. These blood clots may travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or they can go to other parts of your body.

How does Pradaxa work?

Pradaxa is a blood thinner. It lowers the chances for blood clots to form by sticking to thrombin. Thrombin is a chemical in your blood that helps your blood form clots. When Pradaxa is stuck to thrombin, it makes it hard for your blood to clump together and form a clot.

What are possible Pradaxa side effects?

Bleeding is the most common side effect of Pradaxa. Since Pradaxa is a blood thinner, it slows down how quickly blood clots. It's possible to bruise more easily while using Pradaxa. It will also take longer for any bleeding to fully stop while using Pradaxa.

Unusually serious bleeding resulting from Pradaxa may lead to death. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following signs of bleeding:

  • Bruises that happen without a cause and linger or get larger

  • Tarry black stools

  • Bright red blood in stool

  • Bright red, brown, or pink colored urine

  • Coughing up blood

  • Vomiting brown 'coffee grounds' or red blood

  • Frequent or long nose bleeds

  • Bleeding from the mouth or gums

  • Unusually heavy periods or menstrual bleeding

  • New vaginal bleeding

  • Headaches, weakness, or dizziness

  • Any serious or uncontrolled bleeding

Pradaxa side effects are more common in people over 75 years old, and in those with previous stomach or kidney problems.

Using Pradaxa with other medications can increase your risk of bleeding. Prevent Pradaxa side effects by telling your doctor if you use any other prescription or over-the-counter medications. Call your doctor if you are using or planning to use any of the following medications:

  • Aspirin, or other aspirin-containing products
  • NSAIDS such as ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) among others
  • Warfarin (Coumadin or Jantoven)
  • Heparin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Ketoconazole
  • Rifampin

Since Pradaxa is used to prevent blood clots from forming, if you stop taking Pradaxa, it can increase your chance of having a stroke. If you have an irregular heartbeat and are using Pradaxa to prevent blood clots from forming in your heart, then stopping Pradaxa can result in new blood clots forming. These blood clots may travel to your brain and cause a stroke. Therefore, it’s important to continue taking Pradaxa regularly unless otherwise directed by your doctor, and to use the medication exactly as directed.

Blood clots may form in your spine if you have an injection (epidural) or a shot (puncture) in your spine while using Pradaxa. This Pradaxa side effect is more likely to happen if you have a history of spinal surgery, or repeated spinal injections in the past, or if you take other blood thinners along with Pradaxa. A blood clot that forms in your spine may cause you to lose the ability to move (paralysis). If you have a spinal procedure while on Pradaxa, and you feel any new numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, or trouble controlling your urine or stool, tell your doctor immediately.

Pradaxa is not for people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It's not for people who are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It has not been studied to be safe or effective in children. It's not for people with prosthetic (artificial) heart valves. Do not use Pradaxa if you're allergic to any of the ingredients in Pradaxa. Do not use Pradaxa if you've ever had bleeding problems (such as stomach ulcers or certain types of strokes). Tell your doctor if you have antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) or any other medical condition, before using Pradaxa.

Drugs Similar to Pradaxa

  • Aggrastat (Tirofiban)
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  • Agrylin (Anagrelide HCl)
  • Arixtra (Fondaparinux)
  • Brilinta (Ticagrelor)
  • Coumadin (Warfarin)
  • Effient (Prasugrel)
  • Eliquis (Apixaban)
  • Fragmin (Dalteparin)
  • Heparin (Heparin Sodium)
  • Lovenox Prefilled Syringe (Enoxaparin Sodium)
  • Lovenox Vial (Enoxaparin Sodium)
  • Persantine (Dipyridamole)
  • Persantine IV (Dipyridamole)
  • Persantine (Modified Release) (Dipyridamole)
  • Plavix (Clopidogrel)
  • Plavix/Aspirin (Clopidogrel/Acetylsalicylic Acid)
  • Pletal (Cilostazol)
  • Savaysa (Edoxaban)
  • Sintrom (Nicoumalone)
  • Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)

FAQ's

  • Is there a generic for Pradaxa?

    Currently, there is no generic Pradaxa available. Pradaxa cost varies based on dosing and how it is prescribed by your doctor.

  • What is the proper dosage for Pradaxa?

    Pradaxa dosing must be personalized and will vary based on kidney function and reasons for using Pradaxa. Follow the instructions provided by your doctor regarding Pradaxa dosing. Most patients swallow capsules every 12 hours.

    If you miss a dose, take the next dose as soon as you remember. If your next dose is less than 6 hours away, then do not take the missed dose. Continue your normal dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.

    Pradaxa capsules must be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or break a capsule. Open one bottle of Pradaxa at a time, and discard the bottle after 4 months. Do not take capsules out of the bottle (do not put them in a pill box or pill organizer) and make sure you close the lid tightly after taking a dose of Pradaxa.

  • How much does Pradaxa cost?

    Pradaxa cost can vary based on dosing and how long you need to continue therapy. Patients may buy Pradaxa online directly from NorthWestPharmacy.com to reduce costs and improve convenience.

  • The information provided on the NorthWestPharmacy.com website is intended to facilitate awareness about healthcare products and medical conditions generally but it is not a substitute for professional medical attention or advice. You should always speak with a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking any prescription or non-prescription drug.