Does Pradaxa Cause Shortness Of Breath
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Susan Says:
I am in A Fib and have been for the past 7 months. My Doctor has tried different procedures but so far nothing has worked. Ever since I have been on Pradaxa I have been very short of breath. Even in a sitting position I am short of breath. I did not have this problem before. I don't know it it's the A fib or the Pradaxa, My Doctor doesn't know what is causing the problem. They have done a lot of testing. Has anyone had the same problem?

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Phil Says:
I,ve been on pradaxa and metoprolol for three years. I had no problem until last week, when I was short of breath. After going to the doctor and getting an xray of heart I now have a hugely enlarged heart which makes it difficult to breath normally.I didn't have this before using these drugs. I don't think this is revisable.

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Victoria Says:
I was on pradaxa for I month and am having difficulty breathing after just a bit of exercise.....I have started back on warfarin today. I am still short of breath....I am afraid!Before pradaxa I was on warfarin for A fib with no adverse affects

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ShirlPro Says:
Get of Pradaxa, I was on it 2 weeks and got a stroke. If you can't get your breath, it's from that . I was hoarse, couldn't breathe,nor could I lie down. It was worse than anything in the world, I contact the FDA, reported it. If you take a beta blocker it will cause many problems, I just quit mine one week ago. Made afib worse, so do your research as the doctors don't care what you take .Potassium pill with beta blocker almost killed me last week, decided to get off all but BP med. Coumadin is cheap,safe for 50 yrs,take it.

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michael Says:
on pradaxa for 3 monthes and have shortness of breath to the point of weesing especially at night while trying to sleep...currently 4 hours away from heart cath for shortness of breath...been off of pradaxa for 48 hours and NO shortness of breath ...worried that pradaxa has no reversal...scared and confused...

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Kal Says:
My doctor prescribed Pardaxa about 3 months back for AFib after a routine test. While I was healthy and active before taking the drug, my health has detiorirated significantly after taking Pradaxa. Experiencing continous breathlessness that gets worse by the day. become very wek and find it difficult to walk few steps. Also developed constant cough. There is no change to my diet or any other factor. While the doctor is reluctant and wants me to continue taking the medicine, I am planning to come off the drug now. May go on a course of Ecosprin as suggested by my GP. Will let you all know

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eadiv Says:
Has your Doctor considered having a CAT scan done for blood clots? I was taking Pradaxa, went off after I had a cardio version for A-fib. I then was put back on Pradaxa and had an excruciating experience of not being able to breath and ended up in ICU for three weeks with saddle clots around my heart and in my lungs. It was so serious that I almost lost my life. What dumbfounded the medical staff is that Pradaxa should have prevented the clots, instead they think the medication caused the problem. The senior medical staff reported it the the FDA and recommended to the participating doctors in the institution not to prescribe Pradaxa. I would suggest taking warfrin instead of Pradaxa. This is very serious - take care of yourself. The doctors are just now finding out about this. Good luck!

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Wally Says:
I was diagnosed with AFib about 7 years ago and after a year of trying to control it with Warfarin, my cardiologist put a pacemaker in to control the AFib. It didn't work, and I still go in and out of rythym all of the time. I remained on Warfarin for about 6 years. I travel constantly, and I did not always follow the doctor's orders for blood tests monthly. Last year he put me on Pradaxa since I don't need blood testing. During a follow-on appointment, he listened to my breathing and put me on potassium to help with my shortness of breath. The shortness of breath has gotten worse, and a lot of that may be because i can't exercise like I used to, and have put on too many pounds. I am seriously concerned about Pradaxa and the side effects.

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eadiv Says:
I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in August 2012 and the cardiologist prescribed Pradaxa in lieu of a cardioversion scheduled for November. The procedure was successful and was taken off Pradaxa. Upon my follow up appointment with the cardiologist in February my heart had fallen out of rhythm and the doctor put me back on Pradaxa until we could determine the next steps in my care. In June I went through a catastrophic event with extreme blood clots in my heart and lungs and was in ICU for three weeks trying to correct the condition. Leading to my admission to the hospital the early symptoms include difficulty breathing, sever pain in my back and some coughing. The PCP after taking X-rays of my lungs felt like I was battling pneumonia and started me on a regiment of antibiotics. Since I was on Pradaxa my PCP and the doctors on staff at the hospital ruled out blood clots. Since my adventure and slow recovery the senior medical staff at the hospital contacted FDA regarding the recent cases that have experienced. The FDA has posted black box warnings regarding this type of condition and Pradaxa and Boehringer Ingelheim has recently posted warnings on their site regarding blood clots when taken off of Pradaxa and then re-administering the drug.

There are a large number of hemorrhaging issues associated with the drug and I would like to hear of any other individuals experiences with actual clotting after using Pradaxa.

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NiWit1 Says:
I had an ablation and even in rhythm I still and very SOB Complication is I also have asthma+COPD. However, I stopped Pradaxa 2 days (not Dr. orders). My SOB was significantly less and my heart rate which was high dropped by 10 bpm. Have not yet consulted with DR.I am a retired pharmacist.

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Tony Says:
My name is Tony i am 28. 8 years ago i was diagnosed with AF. I had my first ablation a monthand a half ago. I have never had shortness of breath my hole life even with AF. About 3 weeks after starting on the pradaxa i am noticing shortness of breath! And a lot of it! Im hoping to god its the pradaxa its awful. If not the pradaxa did my doctor mess something up with the Catheter ablation? My doctor is taking me off pradaxa in a month ill be back to let you all know the update. For any questions email me

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greentrash Says:
Also, see my post regarding the inability of Emergency Room and ICU physicians to quickly reverse the effects of Pradaxa:

There is no such problem with warfarin / Coumadin, since there is a quick and relatively easy way for doctors to reverse the anti-coagulant effects of this medication. This is accomplished through infusion of PCC, prothrombin complex concentrate. PCC has no similar effect for those taking Pradaxa. In preliminary studies a newer replacement drug for Coumadin, Xaralto, shows promise in also being reversible through adminstering PCC. Further studies are syill underway.

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greentrash Says:
Your particular concern has been reported to the FDA by other people taking Pradaxa. There are other concerns you should also be aware of.

In December 2011, the FDA launched a formal study into the risks of Pradaxa. In Europe, 260 deaths have been reported in which Pradaxa was considered a significant factor.

Apart from the side effects themselves there is the sobering fact that, unlike warfarin / coumadin, Pradaxa has no antidote aka reversing agent. This is of critical concern because if you develop bleeding, internal or external, caused by trauma or from some other cause, the bleeding is far more difficult to stop. Emergency surgeries are far more difficult to perform. Both factors compound the risks you are already facing when you develop a serious bleeding problem. See

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Rob Says:
I'm in a similar situation ... A Fib diagnosed during my annual physical last October, been on Pradaxa, metoprolol succinade and flecainide accetate ... and been continually short of breath. Dry cough, too. Since I felt fine before the physical (although the A Fib was real), I can't help thinking that some of my inability to do deep breathing is drug-enhanced.

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Verwon Says:
We have had other people report such a problem, when taking similar medications, however, there is no way for us to really know if it is being caused by your medical condition, or the medication.


Have you seen a cardiologist? They would probably be the most qualified to get to the root of the problem.

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