Brand Name: Pradaxa
Generic Name: dabigatran
Drug Class: Direct Thrombin Inhibitor
Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim
Approval Date: October 2010
What is Pradaxa and how does it work
Pradaxa is an oral anticoagulant that prevents blood clots by blocking the action of thrombin, an enzyme that causes blood to clot. The half-life of Pradaxa is 12 to 14 hours.
What does Pradaxa treat
Pradaxa is used for preventing stroke caused by blood clots in individuals with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
How effective is Pradaxa
Pradaxa 150 mg daily was significantly better than warfarin in reducing the occurrence of stroke. See Pradaxa Versus Warfarin: Efficacy and Side Effects
What are interesting facts about Pradaxa
Pradaxa dosing and administration
150 mg orally twice daily for most patients. 75 mg twice daily for those with reduced renal function.
What are the side effects of Pradaxa
Common: Bleeding, gastritis, abdominal pain
Serious: Any life-threatening bleed, gastrointestinal bleeding, intracranial (brain) bleeding, allergic reactions
Pradaxa drug Interactions
What is the price of Pradaxa
30 capsules cost about $148 to $160
How to obtain prescription assistance for Pradaxa
References: Pradaxa FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.
Last Update: 7/2013