Dabigatran (Pradaxa®)

Dabigatran is an oral direct thrombin inhibitor and is indicated for stroke prophylaxis and systemic embolism prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Dabigatran is ONLY studied in patients 65 years and older with at least one other risk factor for stroke/embolism.

Important administration considerations:

  1. 150mg twice daily
  2. 75mg twice daily when CrCl is 15-30 mL/min (not based on any clinical data)
  3. Can be taken with our without food
  4. When converting patients from warfarin therapy to dabigatran, discontinue warfarin and start dabigatran when INR <2.0.
  5. More expensive than warfarin
  6. Needs to be kept in original bottle (cannot use pillbox)
  7. No reversal agent
  8. No INR monitoring required

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