Pradaxa (Dabigatran etexilate Mesylate)
Pradaxa is a blood thinner medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a heart condition called atrial fibrillation (an irregular, fast heartbeat).
Pradaxa can cause bleeding that can be serious, and sometimes lead to death. The risk of bleeding is increased because Pradaxa lessens the ability of your blood to clot. You may bruise more easily or it may take longer for your body to stop bleeding while you are taking Pradaxa.
There is a higher risk of bleeding in those who are >75 years old, have kidney problems, stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back, or stomach ulcers. There is also a higher risk of bleeding in those who take other medicines that increase the risk of bleeding.
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time (such as unusual bleeding from the gums, nose bleeds, or heavier than normal menstrual or vaginal bleeding) or severe or uncontrolled bleeding.
Also, call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have pink or brown urine, red or black stools (looks like tar), bruises that happen without a known cause or get larger, or if you cough up or vomit blood (or your vomit looks like “coffee grounds”).
Also, call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have unexpected pain, swelling, joint pain, or headaches, or feel dizzy or weak.
Pradaxa may need to be stopped, if possible, for one or more days before any surgery or medical or dental procedure. If you need to stop taking Pradaxa for any reason, talk to the doctor who prescribed Pradaxa for you to find out when you should stop taking it. Your doctor will tell you when to start taking Pradaxa again after your surgery or procedure.