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Dabigatran: interactions to think aboutSubscription
A regular patient telephones your pharmacy and asks you to collect a prescription for dabigatran (220mg od) from her GP. She has been discharged from hospital following a total hip replacement and advised to continue to take dabigatran for a month, but was only given a seven-day supply to take home. She also asks whether it is OK for her to take St John’s wort because a friend has recommended this might help — she has been feeling “a little down” since her surgery.