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You may be at risk of stroke, even without any noticeable symptoms
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is most often a chronic condition, and your risk of stroke may not go away. That’s why it’s important to continue to take PRADAXA, as prescribed by your doctor, to reduce your risk of stroke. Subscribing to our Medication and Refill Reminders can help you remember to take PRADAXA and refill your prescription so you don’t run out.
- Organize your medicines. Keep them in the same place. Use a calendar to keep track of what to take and when. Keep PRADAXA stored in its original bottle or blister pack. Learn about storing PRADAXA.
- Keep your medical history and medication list updated. Some medicines may change the way PRADAXA or other medicines work in your body. Other medicines can increase your risk of bleeding and other side effects. Include all prescription, nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines, vitamins, herbs, and other supplements on your list and make sure to share this information with your doctor. Learn more about PRADAXA and your other medicines.
- Get Medication and Refill Reminders. It’s a service from the PradaxaLink™ support program and can help you develop a daily routine for taking your medication and ensure you don’t run out. You can receive reminders by email or phone. For additional ongoing support, sign up for PradaxaLink™ support program.
- Make sure you understand how to take your medicine. It’s important to take your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Learn how to take PRADAXA.
- Keep up with scheduled doctor visits. You’ll need to work closely with your healthcare team to manage your condition and reduce your risk of stroke. Your team may include:
- Your primary care provider — the person who cares for your general health. This may be a family physician, internist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
- A cardiologist — a doctor who specializes in treating conditions that affect the heart.
- An electrophysiologist — a cardiologist who works specifically with heart rhythm disorders (also called arrhythmias), such as AFib.
- If you need a ride to and from doctor visits, consider asking a trusted friend or family member to come along. Or ask your doctor’s office about local transportation services.
- Review your treatment options with your doctor. PRADAXA was the first approved alternative to warfarin, also known as Coumadin® or Jantoven®, in more than 50 years for reducing the risk of stroke in people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. The Doctor Discussion Guide is an easy way to start the conversation. Learn about PRADAXA.
- Learn more about your condition. Understanding AFib and its related stroke risk can help you feel empowered. And it can help you better express your needs to your doctor and loved ones.
- Get the support you need. When you’re facing a potentially serious medical condition, getting support from others is key. You shouldn’t feel shy or embarrassed about involving family and friends.
- Take advantage of your most important partner, your doctor. The Doctor Discussion Guide can help you have a more productive conversation with your doctor.
- Stay active. Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program to ensure you’re doing activities that are safe for you.
- Make time to relax. Try planning a special day out with a friend or loved one, a trip to a favorite place, or another activity you enjoy.
- Plan for travel. Talk to your doctor about changes in your routine, such as traveling. If you travel by plane, carry your medicines instead of checking them with your luggage.
- Manage your stress. Being diagnosed with a medical condition can cause stress. If left unmanaged, stress can actually make the situation worse by interfering with sleep and healthy eating habits, for instance.