Pradaxa (dabigatran) is used to lower the chance of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa is less popular than other anticoagulants. There are currently no generic alternatives to Pradaxa.
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Pradaxa Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your healthcare professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. It is important not to miss any appointments.
Avoid sports and activities that might cause injury while you are using this medicine. Severe falls or injuries can cause unseen bleeding. Be careful when using sharp tools or knives. Consider using an electric razor. Take special care brushing or flossing your teeth. Report any injuries, bruising, or red spots on the skin to your healthcare professional.
If you are going to need surgery or other procedure, tell your healthcare professional that you are taking this medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Acid or sour stomach
black, tarry stools
pain or burning in the throat
stomach discomfort, upset, burning, or pain
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
difficulty with swallowing
fainting or loss of consciousness
fast or irregular breathing
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
redness of the skin
tightness in the chest
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.