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Coumadin and Warfarin Alternative Almost Here!!

Posted Oct 19 2010 6:14pm

The reason why so many people are buzzing about today’s FDA news is because we are now one step closer to getting rid of Coumadin and warfarin.  Pradaxa helps to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation similar to Coumadin.  However, Pradaxa does not require frequent blood tests to see if it is working.  Currently, people taking Coumadin or warfarin need a blood test at least every month.  See my previous post about this called Goodbye Coumadin!! Hopefully Soon…

According to the  FDA website , Pradaxa will be sold in 2 different dosages, 75mg and 150mg.  Using dosages from previous studies, it appears that most people will be required to take 150mg twice a day.  For some patients with kidney problems, there is also the option of 75mg twice a day.

There is already a website for Pradaxa which has been started by the manufacturer.  Tonight’s visitors to www.pradaxa.com will see though that it is still under construction.  Once the website is fully available, patients will hopefully be able to learn more about this great new alternative to Coumadin.

See the manufacturers website for more details:   http://us.boehringer-ingelheim.com/news_events/press_releases/press_release_archive/2010/october_20_2010.html


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