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If you have a certain type of irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) known as atrial fibrillation, a healthcare provider may recommend dabigatran etexilate mesylate (Pradaxa®). This prescription medication comes in capsule form and is usually taken twice daily.
It's important to review dabigatran's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. This drug may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as kidney disease, stomach ulcers, or any kind of bleeding problem) or if you are taking any other types of medicine (including herbal supplements).
Although dabigatran can be a life-saving medication, it can increase the risk for potentially dangerous bleeding problems. If you are vomiting blood, have any vision changes, or have unusual bruising, contact your healthcare provider right away.
(For more information on this drug, click Dabigatran. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, explaining how dabigatran works, what to expect while taking it, and potential signs that may indicate a serious bleeding problem.)
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