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Pradaxa Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- What are the possible side effects of dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- How should I take dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pradaxa)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pradaxa)?
- What should I avoid while taking dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- What other drugs will affect dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Pradaxa)?
If you are less than 6 hours late in taking your medicine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Try not to miss any doses of dabigatran to best prevent a stroke.
What happens if I overdose (Pradaxa)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include excessive bleeding or any bleeding that will not stop.
What should I avoid while taking dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of bleeding in your stomach or intestines.
What other drugs will affect dabigatran (Pradaxa)?
Before you take dabigatran, tell your doctor if you have recently received any other medications to treat or prevent blood clots, such as:
- abciximab (ReoPro), anagrelide (Agrylin), cilostazol (Pletal), clopidogrel (Plavix), dipyridamole (Persantine, Aggrenox), eptifibatide (Integrelin), prasugrel (Effient), ticlopidine (Ticlid), tirofiban (Aggrastat);
- heparin or warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- argatroban (Acova), bivalirudin (Angiomax), lepirudin (Refludan);
- dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), fondaparinux (Arixtra), tinzaparin (Innohep); or
- alteplase (Activase), tenecteplase (TNKase), urokinase (Abbokinase).
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), or rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate);
- St. John's wort;
- antifungal medicine such as itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others;
- heart or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dronedarone (Multaq), quinidine (Quin-G), reserpine, or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan, Tarka);
- HIV/AIDS medication such as nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), or saquinavir (Invirase); or
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) or tacrolimus (Prograf).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with dabigatran. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about dabigatran.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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