Pradaxa - page 3

Has anyone heard of the drug Pradaxa?? It's a new blood thinner medication that is supposedly "better than coumadin." Haven't seen it in our hospital yet, but i'm sure i will in a cardiac unit if it... Read More

  1. Visit  Tejana32 profile page
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    Had this resident on it. Seems great, however, unlike coumadin, PRADAXA has no antidote and if you suspect hemmorhagic issues, the patient MUST be sent out immediately. The risk of increased GI bleeding accompany this drug at a higher rate than coumadin. For those patients that luck out I suppose it is wonderful.
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  2. Visit  rose_njarvis profile page
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    Another thing to remember is that patients should not have pradaxa for 2days prior to any invasive procedure (at least that's what's recommended). There is no lab to test for pradaxa - PT/INR won't do it.
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  3. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Coumadin is the drug of choice at my hospital, but I have seen a few patients on Pradaxa, mainly those who have already been on it prior to being admitted.
  4. Visit  DaddyO profile page
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    My Dad has received 8 units of blood since Saturday. Today is monday. Rectal bleeding that they cannot find the origins of (after colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Scan..etc) so it has been deduced to his Defib Dr switching to Pradaxa just under 2wks ago. He has COPD, CHF, Defib, Sleep apnea....78yrs old.

    BP at admisson was 70's/30's, A-Fib, H/H 6.4, K 6.6 (cocktail given), acute renal failure and a Catheter was inserted in the event he will need Dialysis.

    His Nephrologist explained that he was very very sick and that he was concerned. I never heard a Dr speak like this.


    As of today he is responding well from the treatments/interventions. He will move from ICU to a regular floor tomorrow. bleeding has slowed, but not stopped.



    every Dr has pointed to Pradaxa as being the culprit thus far.


    if all goes well, they will send him home with Coumadin.
  5. Visit  DaddyO profile page
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  6. Visit  DaddyO profile page
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    We buried my Dad in June.

    I work on a Post Op floor. The Doctors all seem to stay away from this drug.

    Some say it is a good alternative to use.....

    My Dad's bleeding did not stop and I had to sign the Hospice forms.

    Some alternative.
  7. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    I predict a lawyer commercial at some point that contains the line "If you or a loved experienced any of the following side effects while using the blood thinner drug Pradaxa...."
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  8. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I predict a lawyer commercial at some point that contains the line "If you or a loved experienced any of the following side effects while using the blood thinner drug Pradaxa...."
    I've been hearing that for months around here
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  9. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    This is a constant 'commercial' I see on tv..have for the longest time too.
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  10. Visit  tamadrummer profile page
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    Since this thread started months and months ago I too have seen the same trend away from pradaxa. Too many bleeders that cannot be reversed. There is another one we have been using but I cannot remember the name of it. A new pill form of anti platelet/anticoagulant

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