Pradaxa(Dabigatran) is an anticoagulant that prevents blood clots from forming. It’s prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in people with atrial fibrillation and to treat and prevent blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and lungs (pulmonary embolism).
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Pradaxa exactly as prescribed.
Having a spinal tap or an epidural while on Pradaxa can cause serious complications, especially if you have a spinal defect or history of spinal surgery or taps.
Pradaxa can increase your risk of bleeding, especially if you have the following conditions:
Before taking Pradaxa, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Pradaxa include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Why can’t I put Pradaxa capsules in a pill organizer?
Pradaxa capsules are sensitive to light and moisture. Removing them from their bottle before use can damage the capsules and decrease their effectiveness. Only open one bottle of Pradaxa at a time.
Does Pradaxa come with dietary restrictions?
You do not need to make any dietary changes while on Pradaxa. Some other anticoagulant drugs, like warfarin, require you to limit the amount of vitamin K in your diet.