What You Need to Know About Pradaxa

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for taking this medicine include the following:
  • This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth twice daily.
  • You can take it 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.

Dosing Information

The recommended dose of Pradaxa will vary, depending mostly on how well your kidneys are functioning and whether you are taking certain other interacting medications. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Pradaxa Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Pradaxa

Just like any medicine, Pradaxa can cause side effects. Although some side effects of this medication are merely bothersome, some can be very dangerous. Most serious side effects are related to the increased risk of bleeding.
In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects reported in people taking this medication (plus aspirin) included but were not limited to:
  • Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal side effects, such as abdominal (stomach) pain or indigestion.
(Click Pradaxa Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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