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A 51-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between an anticoagulant and an anti-platelet agent medication?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
53 years experience
Drugs: antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade. Antithrombotic is a term covering both kinds of clot medication.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between anti-platelet drug and anticoagulant?

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Dr. Jerry Routh
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Different Actions: Anticoagulants are medicines which keep the blood from clotting by action on factors in the blood which are needed to stop bleeding. Oral examples would include warfarin and a new agent pradaxa. Anti-platelet medications interfer with platelet function making them less "sticky" hence less likely to cause a thrombus. Oral examples would include aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) and effient.
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Last updated Feb 2, 2017


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