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Multaq and Pradaxa for A fib
Both Multaq and Pradaxa have been in the news promising easy treatments for Afib and its potential complication of stroke. Both have been involved with reports of bad outcomes. As a result, Multaq is no longer used for patient with permanent A fib, and patients on Pradaxa should be aware of a higher risk of heart attacks and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
As a result I'd be reluctant to use either one of these meds when excellent (safer and cheaper) alternatives such as beta-blockers and coumadin are available. You shoud discuss this with your dad's doctors!
Hope this helps,
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