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For patients who have had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)

Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) is used to treat blood clots in the veins of the legs and lungs in adults, and to prevent these conditions from occurring again.

Pradaxa® is a type of medicine called an anticoagulant and is designed to reduce the chance of blood clots forming. It does this by working to stop blood cells from clumping together. In some people, clotting occurs when it shouldn't and may cause a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. When a DVT occurs, the blood flow in the vein is partially or completely blocked by the blood clot. If a piece of it breaks off, it can travel to another part of the body such as the lungs, causing a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs. This is caused a pulmonary embolism (PE).

For patients with a DVT or PE, Pradaxa® stops the clot from getting bigger, whilst the body's natural processes work to break it down. In some cases, Pradaxa® can be taken long term to reduce the risk of formation of another clot in the future, 

As this medicine affects blood clotting, most side effects are related to signs such as bruising or bleeding. If you experience any bleeding event that does not stop by itself or if you experience signs of excessive bleeding (exceptional weakness, tiredness, paleness, dizziness, headache or unexplained swelling) consult your doctor immediately.

Patient Information Leaflets (PIL)

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Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC)

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