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The reasons to talk to your doctor are clear
PRADAXA is the first approved oral alternative to warfarin in over 50 years to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves. From FDA approval in October 2010 through February 2013, more than 5.5 million prescriptions have been filled.
Review the chart below, then talk to your doctor about whether PRADAXA is right for you.
|Requires regular blood tests to measure International Normalized Ratio (INR) to see if your blood-thinning level is in the right range.||No need for regular blood tests to see if your blood-thinning level is in the right range.|
|Dietary Restrictions||Dietary restrictions required. You need to limit many foods with vitamin K, such as leafy green vegetables and some vegetable oils. This is because vitamin K can affect the way warfarin works in your body.
You may also need to limit cranberry juice and products containing cranberries.
|No dietary restrictions.|
|Dosing Strengths||Available in 9 dosing strengths.** Dosage strength change may be required based on blood testing results.||Available in 2 dosage strengths. Your doctor will decide which dose is right for you based on a simple kidney function test.|
|Dosing Schedule||Taken once a day.||Taken twice a day.|
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.
- * Warfarin is also known as Coumadin® or Jantoven®.
- ** Warfarin comes in 1 mg, 2 mg, 2.5 mg, 3 mg, 4 mg, 5 mg, 6 mg, 7.5 mg, and 10 mg strengths.
- PRADAXA comes in 150 mg and 75 mg strengths.