Generic Name(s): dabigatran
Drug Class: Anticoagulants
Treats: Stroke Risk Reduction
Pradaxa is used to help prevent strokes, especially in those who already suffer from heart rhythm problems. Pradaxa works by keeping platelets from stopping blood clots from occurring.
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a special drug that is used on patients that have been diagnosed with blood clotting problems. The medicine works by preventing the platelets in the blood from forming clots. Blood clots are known for causing severe complications such as heart diseases and chest pains such as angina. Pradaxa is mostly used in reducing the risk of stroke and blood clots in people suffering from atrial fibrillation.
In other cases, the medicine may be used for treating deep vein thrombosis on the legs or the pulmonary embolism of the lungs. It is supplied in the form of a solution, and its administration should be done orally. Patients with artificial heart valves should never use Pradaxa. A headache, dizziness, and unusual bleeding are some of the common side effects associated with Pradaxa.