Pradaxa definitely has advantages over warfarin, the anticoagulant that has been around for 50 years. Let’s take a look at the pluses and minuses.
- Patients do not need careful monitoring and blood tests to achieve the correct amount of the drug. Pradaxa has a wide therapeutic range: most people take the same dose.
- Pradaxa begins working quickly, achieving an optimum blood level within a couple of hours of the first dose.
- Unlike warfarin, Pradaxa does not need loading—that is, larger initial doses to establish a quick therapeutic response before switching to a maintenance dose.
- When Pradaxa is taken twice a day in the higher of the two available dosages, the incidence of stroke is lower: 1.11 percent versus 1.71 percent for warfarin.
- Pradaxa is highly acidic and can cause indigestion.
- Patients taking Pradaxa run a slightly higher chance of having a heart attack.
- Pradaxa has to be taken twice daily, which increases the chance of missing a dose.
- Although bleeding is a risk with all anticoagulants, there is no reversal agent for Pradaxa if bleeding occurs. This is the most dangerous side effect of Pradaxa. Patients who take warfarin can take vitamin K or prothrombinex to stop the anticlotting effects of the drug.
Patients who have suffered uncontrollable bleeding or other dangerous complications of Pradaxa in Kentucky should contact the Louisville Pradaxa complications lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation, confidential consultation.