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A 36-year-old member asked:

How effective is pradaxa dabigatran as an alternative to coumadin (warfarin)?

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Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 25 years experience
Pretty good, but...: They are essentially equivalent in thinning the blood to replace coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) but they require twice daily dosing. Yes, you don't have to get your blood tested like you do with coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) but if you have a bad bleed, there is no antidote for either you mentioned, like there is for coumadin (warfarin). So one must weigh the risks vs. The benefits, as we do everyday in medicine.
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 27 years experience
The: Other issue is that if you are one of those people who forget to take your medicine from time to time. You would be at risk since the thinning effect would go away quickly. Less than 24 hrs. If you were on Coumadin (warfarin) and forgot a dose you would still be ok most likely.

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What are the advantages of pradaxa over coumadin (warfarin)?

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Dr. Anthony Perez-tamayo
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Pradaxa vs coumadin (warfarin): Pradaxa has a very predictable dose response, so it doesn't need monitoring tests or jockeying around the doses to achieve a desired level. On the other hand, its effect can't be reversed by administering blood products or vitamin K, as coumadin's can.
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