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Warfarin substitute Dabigatran - Pradaxa

9 July 2011

What is Dabigatran / Pradaxa?

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) is a blood thinner similar to Warfarin licensed to be used in New Zealand since the 1 July 2011.

Is Dabigatran (Pradaxa) right for you?

  • If you have Atrial Fibrillation and has been advised to go on warfarin, but you are not on it
  • If you are already on Warfarin for your Atrial Fibrillation but having trouble managing the blood tests for INR or not achieving adequate blood INR control or if you wish to change for convenience.
  • Short term treatment preventing clots after major orthopaedic surgery like total knee or hip joint replacement.

When is Dabigatran (Pradaxa) NOT right for you and you should stay on the Warfarin?

  • If you have mechanical heart valve replacement.
  • Long term treatment for deep venous thrombosis (DVT - leg blood clots) and pulmonary embolism (PE - lung blood clots)
  • If you kidneys are not working very well

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