GENERIC NAME: dabigatran
BRAND NAME: Pradaxa
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
- Dabigatran is used for reducing the risk of blood clots in the heart, and resulting strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation who have no problems with their heart valves (nonvalvular atrial fibrillation). It also is used for treating and preventing deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Common side effects of dabigatran include:
- Symptoms of gastritis
Other serious side effects include:
- The most serious side effect is major bleeding. Major bleeding includes hemorrhagic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, fatal bleeding, and gastrointestinal bleeds.
- Dabigatran increases the risk of bleeding and can cause significant and, sometimes, fatal bleeding. All signs or symptoms of blood loss such as a drop in hemoglobin and/or hematocrit or low blood pressure should be evaluated and dabigatran should be discontinued in patients with active bleeding.
Quick GuideAtrial Fibrillation: Heart Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Afib Treatment
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