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Pradaxa Should Not be Used in Patients Mechanical Heart Valves: FDA

by Kathy Jones on  December 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning over blood thinner Pradaxa, stating that the drug should not be used in patients mechanical heart valves.
 Pradaxa Should Not be Used in Patients Mechanical Heart Valves: FDA
Pradaxa Should Not be Used in Patients Mechanical Heart Valves: FDA
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Pradaxa is one of the more popular drugs used in preventing strokes or blood clots in heart patients but a large scale study in Europe, known as RE-ALIGN, was stopped after researchers found that the drug instead increased the risk of strokes and blood clots in patients fitted with mechanical heart valves.

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The FDA recommended that patients who are currently taking Pradaxa, also known as dabigatran, should visit their doctors before switching to a different anticoagulant as they could face other problems if they suddenly stopped taking the drug on their own.


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