Which medications have been shown to reduce short- or long-term adverse events in patients with unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Medications that provide symptomatic relief but have not been found to have an effect on long-term major events include nitrates, diltiazem or verapamil, and heparin. Medications that have been convincingly shown to reduce short- or long-term adverse events are as follows:

  • Aspirin

  • Clopidogrel

  • P2Y12 inhibitors

  • Lipid-lowering agents (statins)

  • Glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa antagonists

  • Beta-adrenergic blocking agents

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

  • Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors 


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