Afib Medications

There are options for people with atrial fibrillation. Specifically, options for medications that they can take. The first of which is , which is sold under the brand name of .  is used to prevent blood clots from forming in the heart of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. It also prevents these people from having a stroke. Before taking for atrial fibrillation, there are some things you are going to want to know. 

Afib Medications

To start, you should be aware that you do need a prescription for , even when taking it for atrial fibrillation. You should also know that has a few side effects, both common and serious. For the common side effects of , they are as follows: bleeding in the eyes, brain, intestines, and/or stomach. Bleeding may be a common side effect, but that does not mean it is not serious. In fact, bleeding because of can lead to death. Furthermore, there is the possibility that a rash and/or allergic reaction could occur.

In terms of dosing for , the usual dose in nonvalvular Afib is 5 mg. The dose is administered orally, twice a day. If you are over the age of 80, weigh less than 60 kg, you should be taking a dose of 2.5 mg twice a day.

As for when you should be taking , note that you should never do so while pregnant. It is thought that the use of while pregnant may increase the risk of bleeding, both during pregnancy and during delivery. As mentioned, bleeding from can lead to death. 

Additionally, there is some other information you should know about before you add it to your list of Afib medications. The first is that comes in the form of tablets. The second is that needs to be stored at room temperature. For those who do not know, room temperature is between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

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Posted on May 5, 2023