Dabigatran etexilate is a prescription medication used to slow and inhibit the formation of blood clots. Dabigatran is known by the trade name Pradaxa in the United States and all other countries in which it is marketed except Japan (Prazaxa) and Canada (Pradax). Although forming blood clots is a normal and important body function needed to stop bleeding, for some people the blood clot formation process can become harmful. For example, people with an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk of stroke because of the formation of harmful blood clots. Dabigatran is an anticoagulant type of medication. Anticoagulants prevent blood clots from forming. The medication warfarin (Coumadin) is another example of an anticoagulant. Anticoagulants are also commonly called blood thinners, although they work by preventing blood clot formation and not by making the blood thinner.
A Patient's Guide to Taking Dabigatran Etexilate