Pradaxa – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by

Pradaxa (generic name: dabigatran) is an anticoagulant that prevents the formation of blood clots. It is used to treat people with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.

However, the following people cannot take Pradaxa:

  • People above 75 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women

Known health risks or side effects of Pradaxa

Pradaxa can cause serious allergic reactions in some people. Immediately seek medical help if you exhibit signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, pain or tight feeling in your chest, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In addition, seek emergency medical help if you see or experience symptoms of a spinal blood clot. This includes back pain, numbness or muscle weakness in your lower body, or loss of bladder or bowel control. Consult with your healthcare provider if you observe the symptoms of these health conditions:

  • Kidney disease
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Genetic spinal defect

Serious side effects of Pradaxa, that would require consultation with a healthcare professional, include:

  • Any bleeding that will not stop
  • Headache, dizziness, weakness, and feeling like you might faint
  • Easy bruising or unusual bleeding
  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Pink or brown urine
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

Common side effects of taking Pradaxa include:

  • Stomach pain or discomfort
  • Indigestion
  • Acid reflux

Body systems that might be affected by Pradaxa

Side effects caused by Pradaxa may inflict damage on the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. Pradaxa has also been observed to affect the skin, liver, and kidney. Aside from those previously mentioned, Pradaxa has also caused severe bleeding.

Food items or nutrients that have similar effects to Pradaxa

People who take Pradaxa often experience acid reflux. Foods that can help relieve acid reflux include:

  • Aloe vera juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger

Treatments, management options for the side effects of Pradaxa

Aside from food, other home remedies that can be used to relieve acid reflux include:

  • Avoiding smoking. Chemicals in tobacco damage the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the set of muscles that block the contents of the stomach from entering the esophagus. If this is damaged then contents of the stomach will be able to easily enter the esophagus.
  • Maintaining healthy body weight. Obesity increases pressure on the abdomen, which causes acids in the stomach to go up the esophagus.
  • Deep breathing. By practicing deep breathing, the lower esophageal sphincter is strengthened. This makes it more difficult for stomach content to go up the esophagus.
  • Drinking water. Water raises the stomach’s pH level so that it won’t be as acidic.
  • Chewing gum. This will increase the production of saliva that can neutralize acids, which cause acid reflux.

Where to learn more

Summary

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant used by patients with atrial fibrillation.

Side effects of Pradaxa may damage the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Acid reflux induced by Pradaxa can be relieved by natural treatments and other treatments.

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