October 20, 2010

Coumadin and Warfarin Alternative Almost Here!!

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Helpful Heart Links, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:14 am by keepyourhearthealthy



photo from Boehringer Ingelheim website


In September, the FDA voted to approve a new drug called Pradaxa (dabigatran).  Today the FDA has announced Pradaxa is officially cleared for market.

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 (www.pradaxa.com).  The website includes a patient guide so that everyone can learn more about this new alternative to Coumadin.

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

1 Comment

  1. […] Pradaxa (dabigatran) has made some huge headlines lately in the medical news ever since the FDA voted to approve it in September of this year.  Pradaxa is expected to be the first and only alternative to the super blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin).  For over 50 years people with atrial fibrillation have been forced to take Coumadin as a means of reducing their chances of stroke.  Coumadin requires frequent dose changes and blood checks to monitor the levels whereas Pradaxa does not.  (See previous article Coumadin and Warfarin Alternative Almost Here!) […]

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