Pradaxa To Xarelto

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Don Says:

I am taking pradaxa and want to change to a one dose a day drug. I have afib and want to make sure it is safe. I have only been on pradaxa for about 4-5 months.

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David Says:

Hi Don,

Generally, determining the safety of a drug is something your doctor should do based on your medical records and other personal health factors. But as far as any interactions go, I would suggest waiting till the Pradaxa is out of your system before starting up with Xarelto.

Reason being is that there are potentially unsafe interactions between these two drugs. Quoted below are the precautions you should be aware of:

"Talk to your doctor before using Pradaxa (dabigatran) together with Xarelto (rivaroxaban). Combining these medications can increase the risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding complications. If treatment with the combination is required, you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. Let your doctor know promptly if you experience any unusual bleeding or bruising, swelling, vomiting, blood in your urine or stools, headache, dizziness, or weakness during treatment. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor."

I hope this info helps!

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caroly Says:

My mom died... she was on pradaxa 6 months get off it!!

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Ronnie Says:

The FDA recently said after reviewing data, Pradaxa is safe as warfarin and superior in reducing stroke. So why the lawyer commercials still?

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Trapper Says:

Last cardioversion, I was on Pradaxa, and had endless heartburn and indigestion. In addition, my skin became quite brittle and sensitive to the slightest touch, creating bruising and tearing. I had an elbow that tore open and never fully healed. It also was one of those frugs that simply made me feel weird.

This time around, I was put on Xarelto, and have had none of the problems like with Pradaxa. The only problem was a conflict with some eye supplements I was on that added to the anticoagulant properties and resulted in a bit of bleeding. Fortunately, I caught the interaction quickly, figured out what it was, and stoped the supplements and the baby aspirin. FYI, the supplements contained a high concentration of Bilberry and some other natural anticoagulants.

If you are having problems with Pradaxa, you might want to ask your cardiologist about Xarelto.

My experence may be different than yours, but I thought I would pass this on.

Of course, next week a study will be released that says Xarelto wil cause your teeth to fall out, and cause you to inadvertantly paint your house purple in your sleep.

I'm looking around for some non-drug company safety profile studies on this stuff, but so far I have not found much, other than soe references to it possibly being safer than warfarin,

My big worry is the current lack of an antidote, like is possible with the reversal agents available for warfarin/coumadin if you should need it.

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punydeb Says:

My mom died from a brain hemorrhage caused by taking warfarin, so all anticoagulants are risky. I took warfarin for 31 years, and have just now switched to Xarelto. I've gained four pounds in a very short period of time. Already not happy with that, because I have severe RA and OA. Any extra weight places strain on my joints. I won't allow it to go much farther. If the weight gain continues, I'll pull the plug and go back to the rat poison. :(

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