A member asked:

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

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Michael Moran answered

Specializes in Cardiology

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.

Answered 5/25/2015


Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

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.

Answered 12/4/2016



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