Oral Prophylaxis of postoperative venous thromboembolism
Adult: Initially, 110 mg given within 1-4 hours after surgery, followed by 220 mg once daily for 10 days (knee replacement); 28-35 days (hip replacement). Dose discontinuation may be required when switching to and from dabigatran or based on patient safety and tolerability (refer to detailed product guideline). Elderly: ≥75 years Initially, 75 mg given within 1-4 hours after surgery, followed by 150 mg once daily for 10 days (knee replacement); 28-35 days (hip replacement).
Oral Prophylaxis of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation
Adult: 150 mg bid. Dose discontinuation may be required when switching to and from dabigatran or based on patient safety and tolerability (refer to detailed product guideline). Elderly: 75-80 years 150 mg or 110 mg bid, based on individual assessment of the risks of thromboembolism and bleeding; ≥80 years 110 mg bid.
Oral Deep vein thrombosis, Pulmonary embolism
Adult: Treatment and prophylaxis of recurrent cases following initial therapy with parenteral anticoagulant for at least 5 days: 150 mg bid. Duration of treatment is individualised based on assessment of treatment benefit against the risk of bleeding. Dose discontinuation may be required when switching to and from dabigatran or based on patient safety and tolerability (refer to detailed product guideline). Elderly: 75-80 years 150 mg or 110 mg bid, based on individual assessment of the risks of thromboembolism and bleeding; ≥80 years 110 mg bid.
Special Patient Group
Postoperative venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
Patients taking concomitant amiodarone, or quinidine: Initially, 75 mg given within 1-4 hours after surgery, followed by 150 mg once daily for 10 days (knee replacement); 28-35 days (hip replacement).
Patients taking concomitant verapamil with moderate renal impairment (CrCl 30-50 mL/min): Reduce dose for up to 75 mg daily.
Treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism; Prophylaxis of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation
Patients taking concomitant verapamil: 110 mg bid.
Patients with gastritis, oesophagitis, gastro-oesophageal reflux, or at increased risk of bleeding: 150 mg or 110 mg bid based on individual assessment of the risks of thromboembolism and bleeding.
Prophylaxis of postoperative venous thromboembolism:
Initially, 75 mg given within 1-4 hours after surgery, followed by 150 mg once daily for 10 days (knee replacement); 28-35 days (hip replacement).
Prophylaxis of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation; Deep vein thrombosis; Pulmonary embolism:
150 mg bid, or 110 mg
bid, based on individual assessment of the
risks of thromboembolism and bleeding.
May be taken with or without food. Swallow whole, do not chew/crush.
Active pathological bleeding; bleeding diathesis; conditions or lesions at risk of clinically significant bleeding (e.g. current or recent gastrointestinal ulceration, malignant neoplasms at high risk of bleeding; recent brain, spinal, ophthalmic injury and/or surgery; recent intracranial haemorrhage, known or suspected oesophageal varices, arteriovenous malformations, vascular aneurysms, major intraspinal or intracerebral vascular abnormalities); haemostatic impairment. Concomitant use with parenteral anticoagulants except when given to maintain an open central venous or arterial catheter, or during catheter ablation; oral anticoagulants except when switching to oral anticoagulant therapy; antithrombin agents; strong P-glycoprotein inhibitors. Severe renal impairment CrCl <30 mL/min. Patient with mechanical prosthetic heart valves requiring anticoagulant treatment.
Patient with increased risk of bleeding (e.g. recent biopsy, major trauma, bacterial endocarditis), history of traumatic or repeated epidural/spinal punctures, spinal deformity or surgery. Not recommended in patients with valvular heart disease including the presence of bioprosthetic heart valves; history of thrombosis diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome. Hepatic and moderate renal impairment. Elderly. Pregnancy and lactation. Avoid abrupt discontinuation of treatment.
Significant: Thromboembolic events (premature discontinuation), bleeding, spinal or epidural haematoma resulting to long term or permanent paralysis. Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Anaemia. Gastrointestinal disorders: Dyspepsia, gastritis, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Investigations: Decreased Hb, abnormal LFT. Nervous system disorders: Intracranial haemorrhage. Renal and urinary disorders: Genitourological haemorrhage, haematuria. Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Skin haemorrhage. Vascular disorders: Epistaxis. Potentially Fatal: Severe bleeding.
Assess renal function at least once a year during treatment. Monitor CBC, aPTT, prothrombin time, serum creatinine, and LFTs prior to treatment initiation, when clinically indicated, and at least annually thereafter. Closely observe for signs of bleeding or anaemia.
Symptoms: Haemorrhagic complications. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Individualised based on the severity and location of haemorrhage. May give activated charcoal if ingestion occurred within 1-2 hours of presentation; consider surgical haemostasis and blood volume replacement. Administer idarucizumab as an antidote for situations when rapid reversal of anticoagulant effect is required. May consider administration of coagulation factor concentrates (activated or non-activated) or recombinant Factor VIIa; platelet concentrates in case of thrombocytopenia or concomitant use of long-acting antiplatelet agents.
Increased plasma concentration with verapamil, amiodarone, quinidine, clarithromycin, ticagrelor, posaconazole. May increase the risk of spinal or epidural haematomas with neuraxial anaesthesia. May either increase or decrease serum concentration with ritonavir. May decrease plasma levels with pantoprazole. Decreased plasma concentrations with P-gp inducers (e.g. rifampicin, carbamazepine, phenytoin). Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of major bleeding with parenteral anticoagulants (e.g. unfractionated heparin, enoxaparin, dalteparin, fondaparinux, desirudin), vitamin K antagonists, oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin, rivaroxaban, apixaban), antiplatelets (e.g. clopidogrel, ticlopidine, prasugrel, dextran, sulfinpyrazone), aspirin, NSAIDs, SSRIs, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Increased plasma concentrations with strong P-gp inhibitors (e.g. systemic ketoconazole, itraconazole, dronedarone, ciclosporin, tacrolimus).
Decreased plasma concentration with St. John’s wort.
Description: Dabigatran is a competitive, selective, reversible direct inhibitor of free and fibrin-bound thrombin. It also prevents thrombin-mediated effects including cleavage of fibrinogen to fibrin monomers, activation of factors V, VIII, XI, and XIII, and inhibition of thrombin-induced platelet aggregation. Pharmacokinetics: Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract; initially slow (postoperative). Food delays time to peak plasma concentration. Bioavailability: Approx 3-7%, may be increased by up to 75% (without cap shell). Time to peak plasma concentration: 0.5-2 hours; approx 6 hours (postoperative). Distribution: Enters breast milk. Volume of distribution: 50-70 L. Plasma protein binding: Approx 35%. Metabolism: Dabigatran etexilate is rapidly and completely metabolised in the liver by plasma and hepatic esterases via hydrolysis to its active metabolite, dabigatran, which then undergoes hepatic glucuronidation to form its active acylglucuronide isomers. Excretion: Mainly via urine (approx 80-85%, as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: Approx 12-17 hours.
B01AE07 - dabigatran etexilate ; Belongs to the class of direct thrombin inhibitors. Used in the treatment of thrombosis.
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