User Reviews for Pradaxa
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Reviews for Pradaxa to treat Prevention of Thromboembolism in Atrial Fibrillation
"Greatly prefer pradaxa to coumadin, primarily because of lack of restrictions of eating as much Vitamin K containing healthy greens as I can. Have been taking for several years (I am in my late 60's), and find that the only time I get acid reflux (which can be very painful) is if I forget to take my evening dose and end up taking it as I am already sitting/lying in bed. Drinking a glass of water with the pill, or eating something with the pill, even just a snack, and not lying down or sitting in bed reading right after taking the "missed" pill in the late evening seems to prevent the acid reflux completely - I almost feel as if the pill isn't being swallowed completely, thus causing the reflux, when I take it sitting/lying in bed."
VBguy (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 17, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
"First time user"
Sabalo (taken for less than 1 month) June 14, 2017
0 users found this comment helpful.
"Started December 2016, afib caused by thyroid. Lethargic, painful muscles and joints like I have the flu, swelling/bloated all over, indigestion enough to be hospitalized...over all not great...wish I didn't have to take it!"
Jesse's girl (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 9, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been on this for 1 yr and helps with my a-fib but now I am having pain in joints [shoulder] and also feel bloated, but all in all works well"
Albe (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 4, 2017
3 users found this comment helpful.
"Not really diarrhea, but a little fecal leakage at times. Loose stools a lot."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 11, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"Joint pains Shortness of breath"
Cottage15789 November 1, 2016
7 users found this comment helpful.
"Good , does it induce weight gain"
Thiagarajan TC tcrajugmail.co (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 22, 2016
4 users found this comment helpful.
"When I first started taking Pradaxa, I experienced acid reflux. Since I was on other medications as well, most notably a "water pill," I had to experiment to be sure it was the Pradaxa. I've found that if I eat something.... even a snack or a square of cheese, it doesn't have to be a meal ... before taking Pradaxa, I don't have the acid reflux."
Quadia (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 23, 2016
31 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been taking pradaxa for over 2 years. Only problems were bleeding when had teeth pulled. This was attended to. To resolve my acid reflux I make sure I drink water after I take the pills. This corrected this for me. I take 2 pills a day."
SLEEPYGUY March 6, 2016
27 users found this comment helpful.
"Pradaxa gave me acid reflux. Medication burned on the way out as well. I could hardly walk. The pain was intense. Don't recommend."
Morhoyle August 3, 2015
19 users found this comment helpful.
"I was given the choice of pradaxa or warfarin, I chose pradaxa as no ongoing blood tests etc. I have an acid reflux and take a PPI, having given up smoking and drinking alcohol. I don't notice any major side effects. I do fart a bit, but then I always have. 11 months on 300mg per day no complaints."
mrallard (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 19, 2015
34 users found this comment helpful.
"Since taking Pradaxa my hair has been falling out and my skin is shedding so much it looks like snow flakes."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 27, 2015
29 users found this comment helpful.
"After going to ER with afib, diagnosis was thyroid. Was put on Pradaxa for afib and also had thyroid removed. The most noticable side effect is heartburn. As a result of thyroid removal, I MUST take calcium. Asked the pharmacist what I can take for heartburn whle taking Pradaxa and he said nothing with calcium in it. He advised Pepcid AC since it doesnt have calcium in it. Said not to take tums or other antacids because they contain calcium. Pepcid works great. However I still have to take calcium so am sure to keep Pepcid AC on hand."
wordsrus January 19, 2014
34 users found this comment helpful.
"If you are new to taking this medication or are currently on Warfarin, here are a few things to keep in mind: (1) when you start this medication you will likely have a lot of acid - be sure to take Ranitidine but in half the dose most physicians will prescribe. Zantac and other meds will change your body's PH and make you likely to get yeast & fungal infections (2) there is no way to reverse the effects of Pradaxa which is a big issue if you are bleeding in a hospital's ER. (3) Pradaxa is great when it comes to diet. You can eat all the broccoli & vitamin K you want. (4) Pradaxa does not require biweekly blood tests. (5) Your joints will ache after 90 days on Pradaxa (6) Vein pain is common."
Pradaxa Is A Large Step Forward (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 31, 2013
85 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been taking Pradaxa 150 twice a day since Sept 2011. Initially had extreme acid reflux and heartburn. Tried Nexium, Zantac, Tums, GasX. What has worked best for me is to NEVER take it on an empty stomach. In the evening I eat a small carton of some kind of yogurt before taking my evening dose. Since beginning this regimen I rarely have to take an antacid of any kind."
GG25 June 8, 2013
121 users found this comment helpful.
"Much superior to warfarin."
turfmaster (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 21, 2013
37 users found this comment helpful.
"Cannot tolerate Warfarin but only got Pradaxa to cover two months previous and one month after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Had a bit of heartburn the first few days, but no side effects at all during the whole three months. Now after three months post ablation, still getting some atrial fibrillation I think, but my doctor will not prescribe it, only the hospital consultant - who is also very reluctant. "
JoMaKel (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 25, 2013
24 users found this comment helpful.
"Cost reduced because of discount card. Had bad gas, stomach upset after taking each dose until I read about taking Zantac before eating and then taking Pradaxa immediately after meal. I had been taking Pradaxa before breakfast which resulted in burping and gas, and a few hours after dinner which caused bad bloating and stomach upset. Took Nexium for a month incorrectly also, taking before breakfast along with Pradaxa. First time I used Zantac 30 min before dinner and then took Pradaxa immediately after eating I had minimal gas and stomach issues."
ln2 October 6, 2012
45 users found this comment helpful.
"Within two weeks of taking Pradaxa I have experienced a noticeable improvement in health and well-being. Pradaxa has replaced Coumadin, since then all bruising, bleeding and general malaise has ceased. No side effects. From being tired and restless I'm now energetic and active all day. "
mkemter (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 24, 2012
80 users found this comment helpful.
"I have taken Pradaxa for a year now. I've had no side effects, and compared to Coumadin it's great. Taking Coumadin, I had to constantly adjust the dosage because I had only one protime in six months that showed the proper clinical result. With Pradaxa, there is no need for the constant blood testing, no side effects for me, and no reason not to take it."
Ted_S (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 8, 2012
61 users found this comment helpful.
"I have taken Pradaxa (150 mg) twice daily for a year. I have had no problems. I wish that there was a way to test this medicine for it's effectiveness."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 7, 2012
50 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been using Pradaxa for a few months after years on Warfarin. It's much easier without the weekly blood tests but I have noticed a few side effects. I have gained weight, 4kg, with the same food intake, get terrible stomach pains about once every 2 weeks, and have had increased reflux even though I take Nexium tablets. Overall the benefits outweigh the problems."
Big W (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 24, 2012
42 users found this comment helpful.
"I had been on Coumadin for over 10 years and thought Pradaxa would be a God send. However, within a few months of taking it I began to have bad stomach pain and digestive issues. My internist diagnosed me with a peptic ulcer and urged me to consult with my cardiologist about stopping the Pradaxa and going back on Coumadin, which I did. In the 3 months since I have discontinued Pradaxa I am still getting over the stomach/digestive issues (which I have never had before in my life) and am getting my blood PT/INRs back to normal as well."
heartgalone (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 7, 2012
32 users found this comment helpful.
"Downside for me with Pradaxa was severe acid reflux. Neither my doctor nor my pharmacist told me until I complained of this that Pradaxa works in an acidic environment so they put acid in the capsule. This was particularly difficult at night. I was taking Tums by the handful. Within a day of not taking it, the acid reflux disappeared. I'm now trying Xarelto. So far, no upset stomach."
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 25, 2012
33 users found this comment helpful.
"I just started this on Sun (today is Tue)-I notice that I stop bleeding quicker with this (150mg X 2 daily) when shaving than I did with warfarin (7.5mg X 1). I am taking the Pradaxa at 10:30am and 10:30pm. So far have only taken 5 capsules with no problem except for last nights dose that woke me up with pain in the lower abdomen at 3am. Lots of flatulence with the pain that eventually went away. "
ttburden March 27, 2012
27 users found this comment helpful.
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