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Reducing stroke risk
As you may know, AFib can put your loved one at 5 times greater risk of stroke. Their risk never goes away, but it can be reduced. An easy way to help your loved one develop a daily routine is to suggest taking his or her medication at the same time each day. If your loved one has been prescribed PRADAXA, sign them up for medication and refill reminders here.
If the doctor has prescribed PRADAXA for your loved one, you should know that:
- In a clinical trial, PRADAXA was proven superior to warfarin at reducing the risk of stroke in patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem.
- Your loved one should not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to their doctor because stopping PRADAXA increases their risk of having a stroke.
- PRADAXA has been included in the American College of Cardiology's accepted guidelines for reducing stroke risk due to the most common type of AFib.
- PRADAXA works differently than warfarin, also known as Coumadin® or Jantoven®. So your loved one doesn’t need to have regular blood tests to see if it’s working and there are no dietary restrictions. See how the two compare.
- Since its FDA approval, over 5.5 million prescriptions have been filled.
It's important to know that PRADAXA can cause bleeding, which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. This is because PRADAXA is a blood-thinning medicine (anticoagulant) that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. Learn more about PRADAXA safety information.
A few tips for staying the course
- Make sure your loved one is taking PRADAXA as prescribed.
- Sign up for the PradaxaLink™ support program. It provides free access to helpful tips, tools and savings.
- Your loved one could also save on out-of-pocket insurance costs. Use the simple Co-Pay Calculator to find out what their out-of-pocket costs for PRADAXA could be based on their prescription drug coverage.
- Have your loved one carry an Emergency Medical ID card. Download the printable card here, fill it out, and give it to your loved one to carry.
- Create a medications list. Your loved one's doctor needs to know all prescription, nonprescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements he or she is taking or plans to take. Some medicines or supplements may affect the way PRADAXA works. Download your customizable Medications List.