Pradaxa Uses

How Does Pradaxa Work?

This medication is a direct thrombin inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the actions of thrombin, a naturally occurring protein in the body. Thrombin encourages clot formation in several different ways. By inhibiting thrombin, Pradaxa helps to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Can Children Use Pradaxa?

Pradaxa has not been approved for individuals younger than 18 years old, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Off-Label Uses for Pradaxa

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Pradaxa for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Some possible off-label uses of Pradaxa might include:
  • Preventing stroke and blood clots in people with heart valve disease (although Pradaxa should not be used in people with mechanical prosthetic heart valves)
  • Preventing or treating blood clots in people undergoing surgeries
  • Preventing or treating blood clots in people with cancer
  • Preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Preventing pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lungs.
It should be noted that Pradaxa is approved for some of these uses in other countries; however, these are still off-label uses in the United States.
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Pradaxa Medication Information

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