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You may have questions about your condition, and about taking PRADAXA.
Below you’ll find some of the most common questions, along with answers.

PRADAXA & AFib

What are some of the risk factors for developing AFib?

Many factors can increase your risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib) including:

  • age. The older you are, the higher the risk of developing AFib
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic conditions such as thyroid problems, sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, or lung disease
  • alcohol intake
  • obesity
  • personal or family history of AFib
HOW DOES AFIB INCREASE MY RISK OF STROKE?
AFib is a type of irregular heartbeat, and when your heart beats irregularly, blood can pool in the left atrium of your heart and a blood clot can form. If that clot breaks away, it can travel to your brain, blocking blood flow and causing a type of stroke called an ischemic (is-KEE-mic) stroke. People with AFib have a risk of stroke that is 5 times greater than those without AFib.
Can I have AFib and not know it?
Yes, it is possible to have AFib without having any symptoms, and to be unaware of your condition until your doctor discovers it during a physical exam.
What are the signs of a stroke?
Since AFib can increase your risk of having a stroke, it’s important that you know the signs. F.A.S.T. is a simple way to remember the signs of stroke: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1. Other signs of stroke include: severe headache, dizziness, loss of balance or trouble walking, confusion or trouble speaking/understanding, numbness or weakness on one side of the body or face, and blurry or darkened vision. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if these symptoms occur.
How does PRADAXA reduce my risk of stroke?
PRADAXA is a type of medication called an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, which means it lowers your chance of having a stroke by helping to prevent clots from forming.
What do I need to know if I am considering PRADAXA?
Before you and your doctor decide if PRADAXA is right for you, you'll want to talk about any possible side effects and other medicines that may affect the way PRADAXA works in your body. One of the most important things you will need to know about PRADAXA is that if you stop taking it, you increase your risk of having a stroke or forming blood clots. See Side Effects and Important Safety Information for more information.

PRADAXA & DVT/PE

What are some of the risk factors for developing DVT and PE?

Many factors can increase your risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism (PE) including:

  • staying still for a long period of time
  • injury to your veins
  • surgery and certain medicines given during surgery
  • taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • pregnancy
  • personal or family history of DVT or PE
  • blood clotting disorders
  • being overweight
  • being over 60 years of age, although DVT or PE can develop at any age
  • cancer
  • smoking
  • heart failure
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • pacemaker or catheter
What are the symptoms of DVT?

In about half of all cases, DVT occurs without any symptoms. When there are symptoms, they can include:

  • pain or swelling in the affected leg or thigh
  • skin of the affected area is warm to the touch
  • change in skin color of the affected area, such as redness

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

What are the symptoms of PE?

The symptoms of PE are serious and require immediate medical attention, because a PE can be fatal.
These symptoms include:

  • unexplained shortness of breath
  • chest pain that worsens when you cough or breathe deeply
  • coughing up blood
  • lightheadedness or dizziness
  • rapid pulse
  • sweating

If you develop signs or symptoms of a PE, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

What can I do to help reduce the risk of recurrence of DVT and PE?

There are steps that you can take to help reduce your risk of recurrence of your condition:

  • Continue taking your medication as prescribed
    Take your medication as prescribed, and check in with your doctor on a regular basis to see if your medication or treatments need to be adjusted
  • Just move
    Ask your doctor when you should start to get up and move after surgery or illness. Movement can reduce your chances of developing blood clots
  • Exercise your lower calf muscles
    If you sit for long periods of time, get up periodically and walk around
  • Take care of your overall wellness
    Work with your doctor to determine if you need to lose weight, quit smoking, and keep your blood pressure in check
  • Wear compression stockings
    Discuss these with your doctor because they can help lower the chance of blood clots forming in your lower legs
How does PRADAXA treat DVT and PE and reduce the risk of recurrence?
PRADAXA is a type of medication called an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, which means it lowers your chance of blood clots forming in the veins of your legs (DVT) or lungs (PE) and reduces the risk of them occuring again.

Some facts about PRADAXA

Is there a generic for PRADAXA?
There is no generic available for PRADAXA.
Do I need to have regular blood tests with PRADAXA?
Unlike warfarin, with PRADAXA, there is no need for regular blood tests to see if your blood-thinning level is in the right range. See how PRADAXA compares to warfarin.
Does PRADAXA have any dietary restrictions?
Unlike warfarin, PRADAXA has no dietary restrictions, so taking PRADAXA requires no change to your diet.
See how PRADAXA compares to warfarin.
Is there a support program for people taking PRADAXA?
Yes, SolutionsPlus® is your support connection, giving you ongoing access to valuable information, resources, and savings on your medication.
How can I save on my PRADAXA prescription?
You can instantly download the PRADAXA Savings Card to begin saving on your first prescription.
Eligibility requirements apply.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION AND USE OF PRADAXA

For people taking PRADAXA for atrial fibrillation: Do not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping PRADAXA increases your risk of having a stroke. PRADAXA may need to be stopped prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking PRADAXA and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking PRADAXA, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming.

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Don’t take PRADAXA if you:

  • currently have abnormal bleeding;
  • have ever had an allergic reaction to it;
  • have had or plan to have a valve in your heart replaced

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

  • are 75 years old or older
  • have kidney problems
  • have stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back or you have a stomach ulcer
  • take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, like aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners
  • have kidney problems and take dronedarone (Multaq®) or ketoconazole tablets (Nizoral®)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

  • any unexpected, severe, or uncontrollable bleeding; or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • unusual or unexpected bruising
  • coughing up or vomiting blood; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • pink or brown urine; red or black stools (looks like tar)
  • unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
  • headaches and feeling dizzy or weak

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take PRADAXA and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:

  • a thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine
  • you take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
  • you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
  • you have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine.

If you take PRADAXA and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness (especially in your legs and feet), loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed. It is important to tell your doctors about all medicines (prescription and over‑the‑counter), vitamins, and supplements you take. Some medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works.

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088.

What is PRADAXA?

PRADAXA is a prescription blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body.
PRADAXA is used to:

  • reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can lead to blood clots forming and increase your risk of a stroke.
  • treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.

PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

The health information contained in this Website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. either owns or uses the trademarks Pradaxa®, PRADAXA with associated design ®, SolutionsPlus® and related images under license. Other referenced trademarks are owned by third parties.

This site is intended for U.S. residents only. Products discussed herein may have different names and labeling in different countries.

Use of this site is subject to the Internet Site Legal Notices and Disclaimers and Privacy Notice

Copyright © 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved. [10/16]

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Important safety information and use of PRADAXA

For people taking PRADAXA for atrial fibrillation: Do not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping PRADAXA increases your risk of having a stroke. PRADAXA may need to be stopped prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking PRADAXA and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking PRADAXA, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming.

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Don’t take PRADAXA if you:

  • currently have abnormal bleeding;
  • have ever had an allergic reaction to it;
  • have had or plan to have a valve in your heart replaced

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

  • are 75 years old or older
  • have kidney problems
  • have stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back or you have a stomach ulcer
  • take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, like aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners
  • have kidney problems and take dronedarone (Multaq®) or ketoconazole tablets (Nizoral®)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

  • any unexpected, severe, or uncontrollable bleeding; or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • unusual or unexpected bruising
  • coughing up or vomiting blood; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • pink or brown urine; red or black stools (looks like tar)
  • unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
  • headaches and feeling dizzy or weak

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take PRADAXA and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:

  • a thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine
  • you take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
  • you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
  • you have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine.

If you take PRADAXA and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness (especially in your legs and feet), loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed. It is important to tell your doctors about all medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. Some medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works.

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088

What is PRADAXA?

PRADAXA is a prescription blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. PRADAXA is used to:

  • reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can lead to blood clots forming and increase your risk of a stroke.
  • treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.

PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

The health information contained in this Website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. either owns or uses the trademarks Pradaxa®, PRADAXA with associated design ®, SolutionsPlus® and related images under license. Other referenced trademarks are owned by third parties.

This site is intended for U.S. residents only. Products discussed herein may have different names and labeling in different countries.

Use of this site is subject to the Internet Site Legal Notices and Disclaimers and Privacy Notice

Copyright © 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved. [12/15]

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