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What is the difference between antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs?

What is the difference between antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs?

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade ...Read more

Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more


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What is the difference between antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs for a stroke?

What is the difference between antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs for a stroke?

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade ...Read more

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What is the difference between antiplatelets, anticoagulants and antithrombotics?

What is the difference between antiplatelets, anticoagulants and antithrombotics?

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade. Antithrombotic is a term covering both kinds of clot medication. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anticoagulants vs antiplatelets?

What is the difference between anticoagulants vs antiplatelets?

Different mechanisms: Both Have different mechanism of action and indication for uses are different ...Read more

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What is the difference between anticoagulants, antithrombotics and antiplatelets?

What is the difference between anticoagulants, antithrombotics and antiplatelets?

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade. Antithrombotic is a term covering both kinds of clot medication. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade. Antithrombotic is a term covering both kinds of clot medication. ...Read more

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What is more causing bleeding? Anticoagulant (xarelto) or antiplatelet?

What is more causing bleeding? Anticoagulant (xarelto) or antiplatelet?

Both: Both cause bleeding. The 2 drugs have different indications, however. If one must be stopped, let the doctor who knows you best decide which is less critical to your health. If you have serious active bleeding, there's no choice but to temporarily stop both. ...Read more

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What's more commonly used in practice today to treat atherosclerosis, antiplatelets, anticoagulants or fibrinolytics?

Statins: Actually, it depends. Atherosclerosis is clogging of arteries so statins are probably most commonly used to lower cholesterol while antiplatelets eg aspirin are used to prevent heart attacks as well as stents from clogging. Anticoagulants eg warfarin etc are typically used to prevent clots in legs & strokes from atrial fibrillation. Fibrinolytics are used to dissolve clots once formed. ...Read more

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Why are anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs commonly used in atherosclerosis treatment?

Why are anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs commonly used in atherosclerosis treatment?

Plaque and clot: atherosclerosis has been renamed atherothrombosis: plaque and clot formation. Statins lower cholesterol to slow plaque formation. Antiplatelet agents are used to block platelets to prevent clot formation and antithrombotics are used during an acute heart attack. It boils down to inflammation from poor diet, smoking causing vessel injury and plaque builds as a healing reaction. ...Read more

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Can anticoagulants and antiplatelet work on an already formed thrombus?

Prevent: They prevent it from becoming larger and from loosening and ending up somewhere else. Follow advice of your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I'm Af paroxymal 1 year. Left main 80% asymptomatic. After CABG & LAA ligation, allow only taking anticoagulant alone without antiplatelet?

Guidelines: Our guidelines in the USA recommend anticoagulation for AF and one antiplatelet drug such as clopidogrel or aspirin for coronary disease. There's no need to take 3 drugs (anticoagulant and dual antiplatelets). If you have a tendency to bleeding, your doctor, who knows you best, may decide not to follow guidelines in your particular case. ...Read more

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I'm AF, My EF 60%, I haven't heart attact, no symtomps, no angina& haven't stenting. After CABG & LAA ligation, need anticoagulant or antiplatelet?

Antiplatelets: Usually anti-platelets are the stand treatment to prevent a further heart attack in the setting of a known coronary artery disease and post CABG. Anticoagulants could be used in such instances like atrial fibrillation or history of DVT or PE. Left atrial appendage exclusion reduce but does not eliminate the risk of strokes from atrial fibrillation therefore often times anticoagulants are continued ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are anticoagulants lesser effective than anti-platelet aggregation drugs in arteries?

Anticoagulants: Complicated answer, there are different mechanisms for arterial vs venous clotting. Platelets more critical for arterial clotting. ...Read more

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Does atrial fibrillation with pR 70_79 with no symptoms and paroxysmal attacks cause dangerousness and is anticoagulant superior to antiplatlet?

If you have no other: Risk factors for thromboembolic events, then at your age, ASA (platelet inhibitor) is the recommended thromboembolic risk reducer. If you have a CHADSVASC score of greater than or equal to 2 you should be fully anticoagulated. Your health care provider should be able to advise you appropriately in this regard. Make an appointment to discuss it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anticoagulants and antiaggregants?

What is the difference between anticoagulants and antiaggregants?

Drugs: Antiplatelet drugs interfere with platelet aggregation. Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the coagulation cascade. Antithrombotic is a term covering both kinds of clot medication. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anticoagulants and thrombolytic drugs?

Prevent or treat: Anticoagulants PREVENT clots from forming
Thrombolytic drugs DISSOLVE clots that have been formed.
Both drugs can be associated with bleeding problems. In general the risk of bleeding is greater with thrombolytics than it is with anticoagulants ...Read more

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What are the differences between anticoagulants and thrombolytic agents?

What are the differences between anticoagulants and thrombolytic agents?

Clot busters vs prev: Throbolytics dissolve clots and blood thinners prevent new clots from forming. ...Read more

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Can I take garlic with an anticoagulant? Thanks.

Ask: The doctor who prescribed the anticoagulant. Garlic thins the blood and (S)he may not want you to use it. ...Read more

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How long should it take for anticoagulants to leave your system?

Varies: Full dose aspirin: 3-5 days baby aspirin: 1-2 days plavix: 7 days. Coumadin: 5-7 days. Heparin: 2-3 hours. Lovemox: 12 hours. These are approximations. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is circulating anticoagulant disorder?

See below: These are usually antibodies that your body produces to defeat clotting factors and may cause bleeding. Some, like the lupus anticoagulant, however, increase the risk of clotting, paradoxically. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking anticoagulants?

What are the risks of taking anticoagulants?

Mainly Bleeding: Anticoagulants, also know as blood thinners, can cause bleeding. A cut can bleed more than usual, a bruise can lead to swelling (hematoma) as blood collects under the skin, gums or the nose can bleed, etc. Rarely, you may have an allergic reaction and a very rare problem with coumadin (warfarin) is "skin necrosis" where the med actually triggers excess clotting and injury to skin and other tissue. ...Read more

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Does the human body have a natural anticoagulant?

Yes: Yes, your body is full of checks and balances. For every signal that promotes blood clotting, there is another prepared to anticoagulate. Unfortunately, this hasn't really been harnessed into a drug that can prevent blood clots quite yet. ...Read more

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How will phlebotomy affect me if I'm on anticoagulants?

More bruising: IF you are anticoagulants you may have more bruising after a blood draw. It may take a bit longer for it to stop bleeding, a few more seconds. However that is basically it. There may not be any difference in your experience with phlebotomy. ...Read more

Anticoagulant (Definition)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process ...Read more


Antiplatelet (Definition)

To an antibody to platelets. These can be tested, and high levels of antiplatelet antibodies can be seen in ...Read more