This medication is an anticoagulant (thrombin inhibitor), prescribed for preventing strokes or serious blood clots in atrial fibrillation patients. It prevents the blood clot and helps to reduce the risk of stroke.
Contraindicated in patients with active bleeding and hypersensitivity.
For patients with creatinine clearance (CrCl) > 30 mL/min- The recommended dose is 150 mg taken orally, twice daily.
For patients with CrCl 15-30 mL/min- The recommended dose is 75 mg twice daily.
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of stomach bleeding, kidney disease, who are taking other medications, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Avoid abrupt withdrawal; otherwise it may lead to increased risk of stroke.
• ♦Patient may develop with increased risk of bleeding; if it is so consult with your doctor.
• Most common:
Bleeding in a critical area or organ, indigestion, nausea, upper abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding and diarrhea.
• Hypersensitivity: Hives, rash and itching.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container. Protect from moisture.
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