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Cleve Clin J Med. 2015 Dec;82(12):847-54. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.82a.14052.

The new oral anticoagulants: Reasonable alternatives to warfarin.

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1
Hospital General, University Jaume I, Catalunya, Castellon, Spain. E-mail: broca@uji.es.
2
Hospital Provincial, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain.

Abstract

Dabigatran (a direct thrombin inhibitor) and rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban (direct activated factor X inhibitors) are increasingly being used in clinical practice. Compared with vitamin K antagonists, they are more convenient, do not require laboratory monitoring, have limited drug and food interactions, and have fixed dosages suitable for most patients. But the shortcomings of these agents can jeopardize their efficacy and increase the risk of bleeding. Their future role in preventing and treating thromboembolic disease will depend on building clinical experience, but current evidence indicates that they are reasonable alternatives to vitamin K antagonists.

PMID:
26651894
DOI:
10.3949/ccjm.82a.14052
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