What is the Shelf Life of Pradaxa?


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I. What is Pradaxa?

II. Can I take Pradaxa after its Expiration Date?

III. How do I Properly Store Pradaxa?


The shelf-life of Pradaxa, also known as dabigatran, depends on the proper storage of this medication. Under the right conditions, Pradaxa is safe to take up to two months after the medication bottle is opened.

What is Pradaxa?

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant that blocks a substance called thrombin. Thrombin is a clotting protein in the blood. When this protein is blocked, the blood will not clot as easily. This is beneficial if you are prone to blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Pradaxa is also recommended for those who have an artificial heart valve or an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation).

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If you want to save money on your Pradaxa prescription, you can order it at discount prices through My Drug Center. Learn more about the shelf-life of Pradaxa below.

Can I take Pradaxa after its Expiration Date?

You should not take any medication after its expiration date. It is likely that your Pradaxa package advises you to dispose of your medication 30 days after opening. This is because Pradaxa bottles or blister packs usually contain once-daily dosages for one month (30 days).

However, the Food and Drug Administration has found that dabigatran maintains its potency for up to 60 days after opening if it is stored correctly and away from moisture. Researchers have found that Pradaxa is highly susceptible to moisture and loses its potency quickly if exposed.

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How Do I Properly Store Pradaxa?

Once you open your prescription bottle or blister pack, it is advised to keep the medication in its original package. This prevents any cross-contamination and keeps your tablets safe. Pradaxa helps to prevent stroke and harmful blood clots, so it is important to ensure that dabigatran is working correctly for you.

Pradaxa must be kept dry. It may seem like a good idea to keep your medications in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but this is not a good idea. Bathrooms experience frequent heat and humidity fluctuations. This moisture may affect your Pradaxa tablets, making them less efficient. Other helpful tips on storing Pradaxa include:

  • Store Pradaxa in temperatures between 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tightly close your bottles after you are done using
  • Do not store Pradaxa in pill organizers
  • Keep this medication out of reach of animals and children 

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