Which medications are used in the treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: David L Coven, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Pharmacologic anti-ischemic therapy includes the following:

  • Nitrates (for symptomatic relief)

  • Beta blockers (eg, metoprolol): These are indicated in all patients unless contraindicated

Pharmacologic antithrombotic therapy includes the following:

  • Aspirin

  • Clopidogrel

  • Prasugrel

  • Ticagrelor

  • Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists (abciximab, eptifibatide, tirofiban)

Pharmacologic anticoagulant therapy includes the following:

  • Unfractionated heparin (UFH)

  • Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH; dalteparin, nadroparin, enoxaparin)

  • Factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, fondaparinux)


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