Dabigatran is used to prevent clots in your blood. It reduces your risk of having a stroke and stops new clots in your legs or lungs.
Take dabigatran regularly as directed.
Dabigatran can damage the oesophagus (food pipe). To avoid this, take it with a large glass of water. Swallow the capsule whole - do not crush, chew or open it. Sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes after taking a dose.
Stroke or blood clots:
If the next dose is less than six hours away, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. If there are more than six hours until the next dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Knee or hip replacement:
Skip the missed dose and carry on as normal at the same time the next day. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with dabigatran including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Coughing or vomiting of blood, vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Red or dark brown urine, red or black bowel motions
Chest pain, trouble breathing
Headache, dizziness, changes in vision or speech
Trouble swallowing, severe indigestion or heartburn, stomach pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Tiredness, pale skin
|Tell your doctor|
Stomach upset, heartburn, indigestion
|Tell your doctor. Try taking with food.|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. October 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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