November 7, 2010

Tired of Coumadin? Ask Your Doctor About Pradaxa

Posted in Heart Disease in the News tagged , , , , , , at 2:15 am by keepyourhearthealthy

Atrial fibrillation

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Between the fingertsicks, frequent dose changes and interactions with food and drugs, its no wonder people want to throw Coumadin out with the garbage!  Unfortunately, Coumadin has been the best option for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation for 50 years now.

A new drug called Pradaxa (dabigatran) is now leading the way to ridding the world of Coumadin.  Pradaxa works just as well as Coumadin but does not require frequent bloodwork or changes to doseages.  As of last week, patients all over the US could start taking Pradaxa 150mg twice daily instead of Coumadin.  If you obtain a 90-day supply, the cost is about $250 per month out of pocket or $40 per month with prescription coverage.

Pradaxa has merely opened the gates for a whole new group of anticoagulant drugs.  Other options are on the way, which means more competition and cheaper prices.  For now, Pradaxa has taken the spotlight in this history-changing point of heart care.

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