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  •  Not sure why you're saying this (8+ / 0-)

    New York Presbyterian is a great hospital. Whatever treatment Mrs. Clinton is getting is certainly the best. There is no public knowledge of what exact drugs are being given to the Secretary.

    Pradaxa was developed to treat afib. The usual treatment for clots is warfarin/coumadin.

    I was just alerting about the Pradaxa type drugs, because they were mentioned in the diary. And discussion of blood thinners may be in the public discourse now because of the Secretary's condition.

    Pradaxa and Xarelto require less monitoring, less diet change, and are supposed to have less side effects than coumadin. Which sounds good. Except most people don't know there is no antidote to these drugs.

    The NY Times ran an article on the danger and why ER docs hate the drugs. My friend's father-in-law died just like people in the article. If he had stuck with coumadin instead of the new drugs, he would not have bled to death.

    Perhaps my choice of pronouns was too colloquial. "We" is me, and people like me, who are aware of the danger of drugs like Pradaxa. "We" know of people who have died because of taking them. Which is why "we" hope that when she leaves the hospital, Mrs. Clinton won't be taking drugs long term that would mean she would die if she hits her head, cuts herself, or is in a car accident.

    You and others may feel differently. Apologies, if I used poor pronoun selection. If comments could be edited, I would change the pronouns.

    •  I apologize. I was too harsh. (5+ / 0-)

      Thank you for this explanation.  It is informative, and makes your thoughts very clear.

      I really was wrong to jump so hard on your initial comment.  I hope you can accept my apology.

    •  I have A-fib (1+ / 0-)
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      I was first treated with warfarin, but a few months before Pradaxa was on the market, my cardiologist told me that there would soon be a better alternative that would not require modification to my vegetarian diet. When Pradaxa became available I was switched to it. No mention was ever made that there was no antidote to bleeding. Also not mentioned, but later found in the microscopic fine print on the package insert was the warning about esophageal pain. After about 6 weeks of treatment I experienced chest pain severe enough to think I was having a heart attack. I went back on warfarin which in itself has caused enough problems with various bumps and bruises.

      "Idiocracy. It's not a comedy, it's a prophecy."

      by wv voice of reason on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:07:31 AM PST

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