- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Pradaxa* used for?
Generic for Pradaxa* (Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate) is a blood-thinning medication used to help prevent stroke or blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heartbeat), which is not caused by heart valve disease. Generic for Pradaxa* belongs to a class of anticoagulant medications known as direct thrombin inhibitors. This medicine works by blocking a certain substance called thrombin in your blood. Generic for Pradaxa* may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Pradaxa*?
The dosage of Generic for Pradaxa* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Generic for Pradaxa* can be taken with or without food. Swallow the Generic for Pradaxa* capsules whole. Do not crush, chew, or break open the capsules.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Pradaxa*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Pradaxa* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if your next scheduled dose is less than 6 hours away, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Generic for Pradaxa*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Pradaxa*, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Generic for Pradaxa* may include unusual bleeding, pink/dark urine and bloody/black/tarry stools.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Pradaxa*?
- St. John's wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Pradaxa*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Pradaxa*) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Pradaxa* can interact with antiplatelet drugs, aspirin-like drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Pradaxa*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Pradaxa* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Pradaxa* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Pradaxa* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Pradaxa* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Pradaxa* can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Some of the serious side effects of Generic for Pradaxa* may include unusual bleeding, bloody/black/tarry stools, pink/dark urine, persistent tiredness, difficulty breathing, rash and swelling of the face/tongue/throat. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Pradaxa*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Pradaxa*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Pradaxa* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Pradaxa*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Pradaxa*?
How will Generic for Pradaxa* work in my body?
How should Generic for Pradaxa* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Pradaxa* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Pradaxa* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.
Do not discontinue the Generic for Pradaxa* medication without consulting your physician. Generic for Pradaxa* is contraindicated in patients with mechanical (prosthetic) heart valve replacements.