Pradaxa is an anticoagulant or blood thinner that works by attaching itself to thrombin—the blood’s central clotting agent. This reduces the ability of the thrombin to form a clot.
It is used to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. It prevents and treats clot formation in the veins of your legs, lungs, brain, and heart.
Pradaxa is used to:
reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can lead to blood clots forming and increase your risk of a stroke.
treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.
to help prevent blood clots in the legs and lungs of people who have just had hip replacement surgery.