How to Take Pradaxa

More Info on Pradaxa Dosing

If you are switching to Pradaxa from warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), it is recommended that you stop warfarin first and wait to start Pradaxa until blood tests show that your international normalized ratio (INR) has dropped below 2.0.
If you are switching to Pradaxa from an injectable anticoagulant, Pradaxa should be started zero to two hours before the time your next injectable anticoagulant dose would have been due. If you are on a continuous intravenous (IV) drip of an anticoagulant, Pradaxa should be started as soon as the IV is turned off.
If possible, you will be taken off Pradaxa for a few days before surgery or any other invasive procedures to reduce the risk of bleeding.

General Information on Taking Pradaxa

Some considerations for people taking Pradaxa include the following:
  • This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth twice daily.
  • You can take this medication with or without food. Take it with a full glass of water.
  • Pradaxa capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules, as this may cause you to absorb too much of the medication.
  • Your healthcare provider will take into account your particular situation when recommending how long you should continue to take this medication. Some people may need to take it longer than others.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Do not stop taking it without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of Pradaxa, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
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