Pradaxa is a blood-thinning medicine created by Boehringer Ingelheim. It was approved by the FDA in 2010 to prevent strokes associated with atrial fibrillation (“fluttering” heart rhythm).
Pradaxa reduces the risk of ischemic strokes by inhibiting thrombin, an enzyme that is necessary for the formation of blood clots.
In January 2014, the FDA launched a study to compare the bleeding risks of Pradaxa and warfarin.
In May 2014, the agency issued a Safety Communication to warn that Pradaxa was associated with a 28% higher rate of gastrointestinal bleeding than Warfarin, but lower rates of stroke and death, and similar rates of heart attack.
Common Side Effects of Pradaxa:
- Bleeding is the most serious side effect of taking Pradaxa. The RE-LY clinical trial found that up to 16.4% of Pradaxa users may experience bleeding.
- Gastrointestinal problems are also experienced by up to 35% of people taking Pradaxa. Problems may include indigestion, abdominal pain, ulcers of the digestive tract, black or tarry stools, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and more.
Other Side Effects:
- Internal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Stroke (bleeding in the brain)
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Heart attacks
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