Don’t open Pradaxa capsules

 

Those who take Pradaxa (dabigatran) capsules may not know they should be swallowed whole. The capsules should never be broken, chewed, or opened to take the medicine. Studies have shown that the medicine absorbs too fast if the capsules are opened, chewed, or broken. This can cause serious bleeding.

A patient at a nursing home came to the hospital. He was vomiting blood and needed to be admitted. It is believed that some nurses at the care facility may have been opening the Pradaxa capsules and sprinkling the contents on the patient's food because he had a hard time swallowing the medicine.

Here's what you can do: If you or someone you know takes Pradaxa, make sure the capsules are swallowed whole. If swallowing the medicine whole is a problem, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do NOT break, chew, or open the capsules.

For a full list of drugs that cannot be crushed or chewed, please visit the following link: http://www.ismp.org/Tools/DoNotCrush.pdf

Created on March 16, 2015

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