... blood tests like coumadin, my mom is 88 yrs old and she has trouble with the weekly blood tests and she cannot take pradaxa due to a chronic wound.
15 May 2012
I am not sure I understand your question. This is the PRADAXA support group. Pravachol (Pravastatin) is a statin class drug used for controlling cholesterol. She should see her doctor if she requires blood thinning medication support. If she cannot use Pradaxa then she should probably stick with the Coumadin.
15 May 2012
Pravachol DOES help to prevent strokes but not in the same manner that a drug like coumadin or Pradaxa will. Pravachol helps to slow the progression of the hardening of the arteries. It will do nothing to prevent clots from forming, however. Pravachol doesnt require the same blood testing because it doesnt "thin" the blood or affect blood clotting factors the way coumadin does. If she cant take Pradaxa and has difficulty with getting her blood tested this may be a viable option but wont provide quite the same protection. If the problem with testing is getting out to the lab or actually finding a viable vein then looking into a finger stick home testing device might be a better option if her insurance will pay for it. In some cases they will but you will need her dr willing to provide the documentation for it. This way she could stay on coumadin, test at home and just phone her results to the Dr so he can adjust her coumadin dose if needed.
I'm not sure how her wound would be affected by Pradaxa and not coumadin though. Pradaxa doesnt cause any worse bleeding than coumadin. If she can take coumadin with the wound she should also be able to take the Pradaxa but the doc must have his reasons.
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