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Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Pradaxa (Capsule)75 mg
Pradaxa (Capsule)110 mg
Pradaxa (Capsule)150 mg

Generic Equivalent of Pradaxa

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Dabigatran Etexilate (Capsule)110 mg
Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule (Limited Stock)150 mg
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Is A Prescription Required To Have Pradaxa?

A Prescription is required to purchase Pradaxa from verified Canadian online pharmacies.

What Is the Drug Pradaxa Used for?

Pradaxa is a blood thinning agent and is prescribed:
  • After knee or hip replacement surgery for prevention of formation of blood clots in leg veins or lungs
  • For treatment and prevention of recurrence of blood clots in leg veins or lungs
  • To treat patients who have irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) for preventing stroke (damage caused to part of brain due to interruption of blood supply) or sudden blocking of a blood vessel by a blood clot. People with irregular heartbeat have a part of heart that does not beat normally leading to formation of blood clots, increasing the risk of stroke.

How Does Pradaxa Work in Body?

Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) is a direct thrombin inhibitor that helps prevention of blood clots by blocking the activity of a protein called thrombin (blood’s central clotting agent).

Is Pradaxa An Anticoagulant?

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant since it prevents formation of clots in the body. It is a blood thinning medicine.

Is Pradaxa The Same As Warfarin?

Both Pradaxa and Warfarin are blood thinning agents. However, Warfarin use requires dietary restrictions and regular monitoring of blood thinning level through blood tests whereas Pradaxa does not.

Can Pradaxa Be Used For DVT Prophylaxis?

Pradaxa has been approved to treat and prevent recurrence of blood clots in the veins of legs, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

What Pain Medication Can Be Taken With Pradaxa?

Patients who take Pradaxa should not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen as these drugs increase the risk of internal bleeding. If you have a headache, or general pain in muscles or joints, you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol).

How Is Pradaxa Supplied and Stored?

Pradaxa is a product of Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd in Canada. It will be our privilege to offer you the branded Pradaxa medication from Canada. Pradaxa is available in 75 mg dose in the quantity of 60 or 180 capsules.

The medication should be stored at temperature of 15°C to 30°C, in the original package so as to protect from moisture. Do not put the capsules in pill boxes or pill organizers unless they can be stored in their original packing. Once opened, the capsules in the bottle are good for 4 months. Keep the medicine out of reach and sight of children.

What Is the Average Cost of Pradaxa?

The average retail cost of Pradaxa 75 mg oral capsule is $427 for a supply of 60 tablets, which is $7.12 per tablet. Our CanadaWide Pharmacy is pleased to offer you branded Pradaxa 75 mg at unbeatable price of $454 for a supply of 180 tablets which is $2.52 per unit. Compare Canada drug products and find the Lowest Deals!

How Is Pradaxa Taken?

Before you start taking Pradaxa, your doctor will test your kidney functioning. The drug should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It should be taken with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without food. In case the medication upsets your stomach, it is better to take it with meals or 30 minutes after your meals. Take Pradaxa for as long as your doctor tells you.

How is Pradaxa Metabolized in Body?

Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is metabolized in liver to dabigatran and has a half-life is about 12 to 17 hours.

Can You Reverse The Effects Of Pradaxa?

Pradaxa did not have any reversal agent earlier. However, FDA granted an accelerated approval to the drug Praxbind (idarucizumab) that is an antidote/reversal agent to the new class of blood thinners like Pradaxa.

How Long Do You Have To Be Off Pradaxa Before Surgery?

Pradaxa may need to be stopped one or more days before your surgery. Ask your doctor when you should stop taking the drug if you have any surgery (including dental procedure). Your doctor may prescribe another medicine to prevent blood from clotting, in case you have to stop taking Pradaxa before surgery.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Pradaxa?

You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Pradaxa as it can increase the risk of bleeding in your stomach or intestines.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Pradaxa?

Due to its effects being on blood clotting system, most of the side effects of Pradaxa are related to signs of bruising or bleeding. Some rare but serious side effects include bleeding that can occur on any part of the body. These bleedings can reduce your physical abilities and even cause death. In case you fall or injure yourself while taking Pradaxa, especially hit your head, immediately seek urgent medical help. Patients being treated with Pradaxa can experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, reflux of gastric juice, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, bruising, itching, rashes and hives. Pradaxa can lead to abnormal test results for kidney and liver functions, platelet count, red blood cell count. Some other common side effects of Pradaxa include anemia, feeling weak, tired with cold hands and feet, bleeding from vagina or penis, bleeding from urine, bleeding in stomach leading to darker stools, vomiting blood, bruising or bleeding after or due to injury. Some common side effects of Pradaxa after surgery include severe bleeding or liquid oozing from the surgical wound, nose bleed and bleeding under the skin. Pradaxa can also lead to bleeding into the brain leading to headache, difficulty speaking or seeing, lack of coordination and balance, weakness on one side and numbness, liver disorders including loss of appetite, vomiting, yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine. These are not all the side effects of Pradaxa. In case you experience any unexpected effect, immediately contact your health care professional.

When Should You Not Take Pradaxa?

Do not take Pradaxa if you:
  • Are allergic to dabigatran etexilate or any of the ingredients in Pradaxa
  • Have severely reduced kidney function or your kidneys do not function
  • Have a disease that increases your chances of bleeding or stroke (bleeding in brain) within last 6 months
  • Have a stomach ulcer
  • Have active bleeding or bleed excessively
  • Have an epidural or spinal catheter in place or within first two hours of its removal
  • Are taking oral ketoconazole to treat fungal infection
  • Are taking another blood thinner including apixaban (Eliquis), bivalirudin, dalteparin, enoxaparin, fondaparinux, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), heparin, warfarin unless your doctor has decided to switch you to or from Pradaxa
  • Have an artificial heart valve
  • Are breast-feeding as Pradaxa passes into breast milk

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before Starting Pradaxa?

Before taking Pradaxa, you should tell your doctor if you:
  • Have reduced kidney functioning
  • Have a disease or an operation recently that increases your risk of bleeding such as stomach ulcer, biopsy, a very serious injury, an inflammation of heart caused by bacteria
  • Are dehydrated
  • Are more than 75 years of age
  • Have life threatening disease
  • Have high levels of liver enzymes
  • Are going to have surgery including surgery on brain, back, eye or dental procedure. Your doctor may ask you to stop Pradaxa for a few days before surgery
  • Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The effects of Pradaxa on unborn child are unknown
  • Are about to give birth
  • Are less than 18 years of age
  • Weigh less than 50 kg

What Medicines Can Interact With Pradaxa?

It is important to tell your health care professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs.

Medicines which may interact with Pradaxa are:
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for treatment of inflammatory conditions of muscles or joints such as aspirin (ASA), ibuprofen, diclofenac
  • Blood thinning agents such as clopidogrel, prasugrel (Effient) or ticagrelor (Brilinta).
  • Anti-depressants such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine or Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) used to treat depression
  • Antacids such as omeprazole used to treat ulcers or acidity. If you need to take an antacid, take it two hours after taking Pradaxa
  • Antibiotics such as rifampicin and clarithromycin
  • Anti-fungal medicines such as oral itraconazole and posaconazole
  • Anti-retroviral drugs used for treatment of HIV such as nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, and tipranavir
  • Drugs used to treat epilepsy such as carbamazepine
  • Drugs for treatment of irregular heartbeats such as amiodarone (Cordarone), dronedarone (Multaq) and quinidine
  • Drugs used for treatment of organ rejection after transplantation such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus
  • Proton pump inhibitors used for treatment of heartburns
  • St. John’s Wort, a herbal medicine
  • Verapamil, a medicine used to treat high blood pressure

Where Can I Buy Pradaxa Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Pradaxa can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Pradaxa Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped.

For further information and aid, you can contact our Customer Service at 604-581-4000 or email us at customerservice@canadawidepharmacy.com.

References:

1. http://docs.boehringer-ingelheim.com/Prescribing%20Information/PIs/Pradaxa/Pradaxa.pdf
2. https://www.pradaxa.com/pradaxa-vs-warfarin
3. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/022512s007lbl.pdf
4. https://www.boehringer-ingelheim.ca/sites/ca/files/documents/pradaxacien.pdf 5. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=177914
6. https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/pradaxa
7. http://www.pogo.org/blog/2015/10/fda-approves-necessary-antidote-for-pradaxa.html
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