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What is it used for?

Dabigatran is used to prevent strokes and the formation of clots in adults who have an abnormal heart beat called ‘non-valvular atrial fibrillation’ and are considered to be at risk of stroke.

How the medicine works

Dabigatran is an anticoagulant medicine that helps to prevent blood from clotting. It does this by interfering with a substance in the body called thrombin that is involved in the development of blood clots.

How and when you should take your medicine

Dabigatran should be swallowed whole with water at the same time of day, twice a day. It can be taken with or without food and there are no specific foods or drinks that you need to avoid.

If you miss a dose and it is more than 6 hours until the next dose, take dabigatran as soon as you remember. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, you should wait and take dabigatran at the time when you would normally take this medicine.

Possible side effects

The most common side effect of dabigatran is bleeding. This can occur inside or outside the body and vary in severity. Seek urgent medical attention if major bleeding occurs or if you fall or injure yourself, especially if you hit your head. Other common side effects include indigestion, nausea and stomach pain. Consult your doctor if any of these become troublesome.

Other information

Always tell your healthcare provider if you need to have surgery or an invasive procedure. Also

check if you are prescribed medicines that may affect dabigatran such as those used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, epilepsy, fungal, viral or bacterial infections or autoimmune disorders and also medicines that can increase the risk of bleeding such as anti-inflammatory drugs and some anti-depressants.

You should not take other anticoagulants (medicines to prevent blood clotting) with dabigatran except during a period where your treatment is being switched to or from dabigatran.

Always carry your patient alert card with you at all times.

Contact details
If you have any questions or need further information contact the anticoagulation nurses on 0116 258 5069 1030-1530hrs Monday– Friday except Bank Holidays.

Age groupAdult
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Review date02/06/2014