Some information you’ll want to know
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
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
- personal or family history of AFib
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- heart failure
- inflammatory bowel disease
- pacemaker or catheter
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.
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
If you develop signs or symptoms of a PE, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
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
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 occurring again.
Some facts about PRADAXA
There is no generic available for 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.
Unlike warfarin, PRADAXA has no dietary restrictions, so taking PRADAXA requires no change to your diet. See how PRADAXA compares to warfarin.
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