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What is Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate used for?

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. Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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. Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

The dosage of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate can be taken with or without food. Swallow the Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate capsules whole. Do not crush, chew, or break open the capsules.

What if you miss a dose of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate may include unusual bleeding, pink/dark urine and bloody/black/tarry stools.

What other drugs could interact with Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate.

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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

Like other medicines, Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Some of the serious side effects of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate 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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?

Is it possible for me to take Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate?
How will Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate work in my body?
How should Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate drug interactions and side effects?

Note

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 Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Do not discontinue the Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate medication without consulting your physician. Dabigatran Etexilate Mesilate is contraindicated in patients with mechanical (prosthetic) heart valve replacements.

 

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