Pradaxa: HOw to use, Side Effects, Dosage

Pradaxa: HOw to use, Side Effects, Dosage

What is Pradaxa?

This medication is a kind of blood thinner and anticoagulant one that is used in many different medical scenarios: valve anticoagulation, prevention of deep vein thrombosis and treatment after pulmonary embolism, to name a few.  The only use of Pradaxa is to prevent stroke in patients who require anticoagulation.

This drug is a direct thrombin inhibitor.  This means that it blocks thrombin from forming fibrinogen which is what causes clotting. Trust me, you don’t want to know more.  The clotting cascade is one of those discussions that gives doctors the shivers when discussed, since it brings back to them memories of trying to stuff it in their brains for tests. Pradaxa is also used to treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) or lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.

You should not take Pradaxa if you have an artificial heart valve, or if you have any active bleeding from a surgery, injury, or other cause.

Because Pradaxa keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, this medicine can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury such as a fall or a bump on the head. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.

Pradaxa can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia (epidural), especially if you have a genetic spinal defect, if you have a spinal catheter in place, if you have a history of spinal surgery or repeated spinal taps, or if you are also using other drugs that can affect blood clotting. This type of blood clot can lead to long-term or permanent paralysis.

Get emergency medical help if you have symptoms of a spinal cord blood clot such as back pain, numbness or muscle weakness in your lower body, or loss of bladder or bowel control.

Do not stop taking Pradaxa without your doctor's advice. Stopping the medication can increase your risk of stroke.

Please if you have any questions about Pradaxa, you can ask us by commenting below this text, we'll answer you as soon as possible.

How to use Pradaxa?

Because Pradaxa keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, this medicine can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury such as a fall or a bump on the head. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you fall or hit your head, or have any bleeding that will not stop.

If you need surgery, dental work, or any type of medical test or treatment, tell the doctor or dentist ahead of time if you have taken Pradaxa within the past 12 hours. You may need to stop taking this medicine for a short time before you have surgery or other medical procedures.

Do not stop taking Pradaxa without your doctor's advice. Stopping the medication can increase your risk of stroke. Your doctor may recommend another medication to prevent blood clots if you need to stop taking Pradaxa.

Your kidney function may need to be checked with blood tests before and during treatment with Pradaxa.

Keep the capsules in their original container or blister pack. Do not put Pradaxa capsules into a daily pill box or pill organizer.

If you have received more than a 30-day supply of this medication, do not open more than one bottle at a time. Open a new bottle only after all the capsules in the old bottle are gone.

Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep each capsule in the bottle or blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Take Pradaxa exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. You may take Pradaxa with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.

Side effects of Pradaxa

like many other meduications Pradaxa has some side effects too that must be cared or not they may lead to other serious problems. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Pradaxa. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you: bruising, nosebleeds, stomach ache , itchy skin, rash , diarrhoea , indigestion ,feeling sick , cough ,painful, swollen joints ,sore nasal passages and throat , discomfort when swallowing. These side effects are usually mild.

Pradaxa

Please if you have any questions about Pradaxa, you can ask us by commenting below this text, we'll answer you as soon as possible.

Drugs may interact with Pradaxa

As all we know drugs interaction will or may change each other’s influence on the patient so it must surely be cared. These below – listed medicines may be affected by Pradaxa or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicines, change the timing of your medicine-taking routine or take different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while taking Pradaxa.

aspirin, salicylates or other NSAID (anti-inflammatory) medicines

medicines used to thin your blood (such as warfarin, unfractionated heparins, heparin derivatives, low molecular weight heparins, fondaparinux, desirudin, clopidogrel, tirofiban, bivalirudin, prasugrel, ticagrelor, eptifibatide, ticlopidine, dextran, sulfinpyrazone, rivaroxaban and apixaban)

amiodarone, dronedarone, medicines used to treat irregular heartbeats

verapamil, a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure and angina

quinidine, a medicine used to treat malaria and irregular heartbeats PRADAXA NZ CMI v02 3

clarithromycin or rifampicin, medicines used to treat infections • lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, tipranavir or saquinavir, medicines used to treat HIV infections

ciclosporin or tacrolimus, medicines used to help the body’s immune system

selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g. citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine), or selective serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as venlafaxine, used to treat depression or anxiety

herbal medicines derived from St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

carbamazepine, a medicine used to treat fits or convulsions.

Pradaxa

Please if you have any questions about Pradaxa, you can ask us by commenting below this text, we'll answer you as soon as possible.

Add comment

Your message is required.