HEART MEDICATION MAY INCREASE SEVERE BLEEDING RISK
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to prevent strokes in people with atrial fibrillation (AF), deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. The heart medication, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, was approved and put on the market in 2010.
Pradaxa is a blood thinner that works by blocking thrombin, one of the blood’s central clotting agents.
Common side effects of dabigatran include:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach pain
Serious side effects that require immediate attention include:
- Unexpected or severe bleeding
- Unusual bruising
- Coughing up blood
- Pink or brown urine
- Unexpected swelling or joint pain
SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS CAUSED BY PRADAXA AND OTHER MEDICATIONS
The risk of bleeding is increased when taking certain drugs at the same time as dabigatran. These medications include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
- Plavix (clopidogrel)
- Effient (Prasugrel)
- Multaq (dronedarone) or ketoconazole tablets (Nizoral) with kidney problems
In addition, people taking Pradaxa are warned of the risks associated with receiving an injection into the spinal or epidural area while taking the drug. There is an increased risk of a blood clot in this location that could cause long-term or permanent paralysis.
FDA ISSUES WARNING REGARDING GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING RISK FROM PRADAXA
In 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of a new study comparing the efficacy of Pradaxa and warfarin. The results showed that although Pradaxa was associated with a lower risk of clot-related strokes, brain bleeds, and death than warfarin, there was an increased risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding events while taking Pradaxa. The study was based on more than 134,000 patients over the age of 65.
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