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Pradaxa is most commonly used to restrict blood clots and strokes in cases of irregular heart beat. Pradaxa's medical ingredient is Dabigatran and is an anticoagulant that blocks thrombin in the blood stream to ensure steady and smooth blood flow.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Pradaxa orally with a tall glass of water as instructed by your doctor. Make sure you take Pradaxa at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Pradaxa. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to heart problems, kidney disease, bleeding problems, blood disorders, liver disease, recent surgery, stroke, or frequent injuries. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Pradaxa.
Pradaxa can cause excessive bleeding. Avoid contact sports, or physical activity where injuries are possible. Take care around sharp objects and switch to a soft tooth brush to prevent gum bleeding. If you require any injections while taking Pradaxa make sure to have the injection in your arm so you can monitor the bleeding.
There is a risk of stomach bleeding with regular use of alcohol while taking Pradaxa. Avoid or limit alcohol during your treatment with Pradaxa. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on acceptable limits of alcohol.
Side effects can be: bruising and minor bleeding (such as nosebleeds and bleeding from cuts), nausea, abdominal or stomach pain, stomach upset, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, skin rash, or itching.
More serious side effects are: severe heartburn, nausea, or vomiting.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing these mentioned side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Pradaxa?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis and how you respond to the treatment over time.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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