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I have just been switched from 150mg Pradaxa x2 to 20mg Xarelto

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I have just been switched from 150mg Pradaxa x2 to 20mg Xarelto x1. I had terrible stomach and heartburn problems and muscle weaknees with Pradaxa. Opinion??
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  pharmacydoc replied 5 years ago.

pharmacydoc :

If you did not experience any of these effects while on rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and are with dabigatran (Pradaxa), I would definitely speak with your prescriber regarding this as both common and in some cases, rather serious, gastrointestinal complications may be associated with Pradaxa.

pharmacydoc :

How long have you been on Pradaxa and what was the reason for the change?

pharmacydoc :

Common adverse effects associated with Pradaxa include: esophagitis, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gastrointestinal ulceration, and indigestion/

pharmacydoc :

As well as bleeding.

pharmacydoc :

Serious adverse effects associated eith Pradaxa include: major gastrointestinal hemorrhage; life-threatening bleeding; anaphylaxis; and intracranial hemorrhage.

Customer:

On Pradaxa about ayear and only slight heartburn until about a month ago and then - also had eletrolyte problem - and sitaution became very painful

pharmacydoc :

The adverse effects mentioned can occur at any time. When is your next appointment with the prescribing physician. I would recommend seeing him or her early next week if at all possible to be on the same side.

pharmacydoc :

sorry, safe side (rather than same side)

pharmacydoc :

type too fast for my own good sometimes

Customer:

I understand that there is a law firm looking into this - know who they are?

Customer:

Last Friday with Cardiologist - he then changed me to Xarelto - only on it today and yesterday - no heartburn yet

pharmacydoc :

I found the following link to law firms addressing this issue. I really have not way of knowing whether this is the lead firm in this or not. The link is: http://pradaxalawsuitscenter.com/

pharmacydoc :

If you Google Pradaxa + lawsuit, you'll get numerous hits. You'd have to inquire a bit to find out whether there is one particular firm leading the charge.

pharmacydoc :

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