Pradaxa Medication Information

Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is available only by prescription and is used to treat a certain type of irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) known as atrial fibrillation. This medicine is a type of "blood thinner" specifically designed to help prevent strokes and blood clots.
 
Although Pradaxa can be a life-saving medication, it is not appropriate for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and what medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug.
 
Because it is a type of blood thinner, Pradaxa can affect the way the blood clots, potentially increasing the risk for bleeding problems. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any signs of bleeding or if you believe you have taken an overdose.
 
Pradaxa comes in capsule form and is taken twice daily. It must be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules, as this may cause you to absorb too much of the medicine.
 
(Click Pradaxa for more information on this medication. This article covers how this prescription drug works, lists potential side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
 

Pradaxa Medication Information

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