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What If I Take an Overdose of Dabigatran?

An overdose with this medication could be potentially dangerous. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on this drug.
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What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your dabigatran as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as possible, as long as there is at least six hours before your next dose. However, if it is already within six hours of your next dose, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

How Does This Medication Work?

This medication is a direct thrombin inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the actions of thrombin, a naturally occurring protein in the body. Thrombin encourages clot formation in several different ways. By inhibiting thrombin, dabigatran helps to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Clinical Effects

Clinical studies have shown dabigatran to be more effective than warfarin for preventing strokes and blood clots. In one study, 3.4 percent of people taking warfarin had a stroke or blood clot, while 2.2 percent of people taking dabigatran 150 mg twice daily had a stroke or blood clot.
When treating blood clots that have already occurred, studies suggest that dabigatran works about as well as warfarin. 
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