Important safety and side effects information Because PRADAXA is available only by prescription, the decision to prescribe it is made by a healthcare professional after discussing a range of important considerations with the individual patient. These considerations include both the risks and benefits of PRADAXA, and any other conditions you may have or other medications you may be taking. When taking PRADAXA, you should also be aware of possible serious side effects. Click on the links below as you read to learn more.
An assessment for an underlying cause of behavior is needed before prescribing antipsychotic medication for symptoms of dementia .  Antipsychotics in old age dementia showed a modest benefit compared to placebo in managing aggression or psychosis, but this is combined with a fairly large increase in serious adverse events. Thus, antipsychotics should not be used routinely to treat dementia with aggression or psychosis, but may be an option in a few cases where there is severe distress or risk of physical harm to others.  Psychosocial interventions may reduce the need for antipsychotics.