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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SHERISEFJ Says:
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My dad was taking Warfin. Then changed to pradaxa. I noticed when I came to visit he can hardly do any thing with the shortness of breathe

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Patricia Says:
 
I have the same breathless problem. I did have some shortness of breath previously but my Doctor noticed the breathlessness herself when I had an appointment to ask about a sore swelling in my neck. I had only been on the tablets for a few days. I had previously been on Clopidigrel.

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Nick Says:
 
I have been on Pradaxa for about two years, I too have had the breathing problems, but as my G.P. said it's a small price to pay for not having a stroke. He's right

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Sarah Says:
 
I have been on pradaxa for over 2 years as I had breast reconstruction after my cancer treatment - I got bi lateral pulmonary embolisms post surgery, we couldn't get warfarin to work for me - levels were all over the place, but I am breathless too, I had a chest scan but they just think my clots have left scarring and this is causing it, but I do wonder now.

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Elay Says:
 
I have also noticed 3+ shortness 0f breath on Prodaxa. Was stopped and placed on Coumadin. Overnight shortness of breath disappeared. This convinced me there was a causal effect.

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Lila Says:
 
Susan, I am on Pradaxa also, however I think what is making me shortnof breath is the Metoprolol or the Diltiazem, or both that they have me on for AFIB. I had a stress test and they said my heart was healthy. Who knows? But check your meds. I cut the Metoprolol in half and it has helped with the shortness of breath.

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Loulou Says:
 
Yes. I was taking xeltro first and felt great, I was switched to pradaxa, at my pharmacist advice, now I'm having shortness of breath. This is scary because that's how I found out I had blood clots in my lungs 11mo. Ago. My shortness of breath back then kept getting worst, after I was on xereltro for a couple months I was fine, now I'm having shortness of breath, I guess I'll have to get in touch w/my cardiologist.

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Lila Says:
 
I wish these doctors would listen to the patient when they tell them that they think the Pradaxa is causing them to be short of breath. When I told my doctor about all of these people that I read about on the internet that have the same provlem, he said "that's your main problem, stay off the internet". The first time I saw that Pradaxa could cause shortness of breath was on one of the best hospital wed sites in the U.S.

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Ann Says:
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I take Xarelto for AFib and have had shortness of breath ever since. My cardiologist says the drug is not the cause. However I have no other medical problems and take no other medications so what else could it be?!!
I hate this drug because it has no antidote yet the dr refuses to switch me to Coumadin

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Lila Says:
 
Yes mamm, i have thge sme problem and I have been on Pradaxa for about 4 years, for AFIB. I don't care what the doctors say, I think itnwill cause shortnessnof breath. My AFIB is under control sonit has to be the Pradaxa. I even thinkI could come off the pradaxa since my AFIB hasn't acted up in months, but my regular doc and my heart doc say no. My doctor did ask me last week when I went in for my yearly check up, if I wasnshortnof breath when lying down. I said yes and she said since I had just had an Echo three months ago and everything looked good, to let her know if it keeps on and they will do another Echo. So even though it is agravating I don't think it is serious to be short winded. Hope this helps.
Lila in San Angelo Tx.

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Gerri Says:
 
Yes. I am on Pradaxa and I have complained about shortness of breadth but my complaint is ignored. I have AF and scheduled for a pacemaker this week. I am also on two other medications that can cause shortness of breadth: Timolol and Cartia. I just looked these up myself on the Internet. I am seeing two heart specialists so they prescribed these drugs.. It doesn't seem right that I should be on three medications that can cause shortness of breadth, especially when that has been my main complaint. I am stopping the Timolol eye drops (for glaucoma) until after my surgery.

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Yvonne Says:
 
I was taken off Warfarin by my doctor and put on PRADAXA for the past 10 days
And feel shortness of breath it's alarming sometimes. I am seriously thinking of asking my doctor to take me off PRADAXA asap

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Lila Says:
 
Yes mamm I have that problem and I am on Pradaxa. I catch myself trying to catch my breath like I have been running. I'm 80 years old so I don't run. Ha ha.Also I have a rash on my back and stomach. I'm wondering if anyone else has this 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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