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Dabigatran - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Dabigatran is a blood-thinning medicine that reduces the formation of harmful blood clots in your body. This medicine is used to treat deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in your legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in your lungs). It is also used to prevent clotting in the heart due to irregular heartbeats.

This medicine may also be used to prevent formation of blood clots in the veins after a knee or hip replacement surgery.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Dabigatran exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the capsule, swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not divide, chew or crush the capsule.

Dabigatran must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • bleeding disorder
  • medical condition which may increase your risk of serious bleeding such as stomach ulcer
  • severe kidney disease
  • prosthetic (surgically implanted) heart valve
  • recent brain or spine injury
  • recent, brain, spine or eye surgery
as Dabigatran may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Dabigatran with other blood-thinning medicines, medicines to treat fungal infections, and medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorder. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • kidney problems
  • liver disease
  • low body weight (less than 50 kg)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Dabigatran to an elderly.

Do not participate in activities in which you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Alert your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor may need to do routine blood tests and renal function tests to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.

What side effects could I experience?

Dabigatran may cause any of the following side effects: stomach pain or discomfort, indigestion, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue or throat
  • unusual bleeding such as: coughing up blood, nose bleeds, blood in the urine, stool, or gums
  • signs of anaemia (low red blood cell count) such as headache, tiredness, dizziness, pale skin
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Dabigatran if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • other blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, rivaroxaban
  • medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorder e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. aspirin
  • medicines for abnormal heartbeat e.g. amiodarone, dronedarone
  • antibiotic e.g. rifampicin, clarithromycin
  • medicines for HIV infections e.g. ritonavir
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin
  • herbal medicines e.g. St John’s wort
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dabigatran.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from moisture.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Dabigatran - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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