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pradaxa - side effects

I have been on Pradaxa 150 mg/twice a day for about a month.  I am experiencing heartburn, fatigue and hip pain.
I am concerned that these problems are the result of my changing my medication to Pradaxa.  

I was on warfarin for the prior 2-3 years and had difficulty achieving a clotting time within the allowed limits which is why my cariologist put me on the Pradaxa.

I am concerned that the dosage of the Pradaxa may be too high.  I weigh 132 pounds and am 81 years old (female).

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Are the side effects listed on the manufacturer's insert?  Maybe talking to your pharmacist would help.
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I started taking Pradaxa less thatn a montha ago and am taking the same dosage and noticed the same heartburn and was prescribed Nexium for it.  That is one of the side effects.  I really did not experience the fatigue but I do have hip pain but I think that is due to skipping the gym for a couple of weeks.  I'd call the Doc and let them know what is up.
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Thanks for your response.  I will check in again with the MD to see what can be done about this discomfort, which feels more like a big lump in the esophagus rather than a burning sensation.  Don't you wonder if it is worth taking these new meds considering the side effects which come with them?
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I have rejected taking Pradaxa when the possibility was offered by my Cardiologist a few weeks back.  My reasons are two:  High cost of Pradaxa, and Warfarin works well for me.
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I have noticed that if I take Pradaxa with a meal and with a very large glass of water, at least 8 ounces, that the esophageal effect is lessened.  Perhaps you could try this and not have to add the Nexium to your routine.  Just a thought.

I've decided the hip pain is due to something else.  
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You are very wise.
I have just had a bleed incident - auortic annuerism - and I am back on warfarin. In UK you just get an asprin!
I don't know to thank being on Pradaxa for helping find it - or curse it for causation.
My advice is to stay away and keep looking at the law suits.
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Posting to the old threads usually doesn't make contact with the previous to reply...but in my case I try to look at all reply for which I am shown in the string of those so doing.

Sorry about the new problem, aortic aneurism (aneurysm), the heart valve?  

As for in the UK only an aspirin, is that what we have to look forward to in the USA as the "Affordable" care act take full effect?  I think I pay about $5 a month for Warfarin, and that's full price.  It and many other generics are not expensive in the USA.  I figure as long as I am healthy enough not to hit my insurance deductible, that is get insurance coverage, it is a good thing, not a bad thing.
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