What are the qualities desired in anticoagulants used for treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The qualities desired in the ideal anticoagulant are ease of administration, efficacy and safety (with minimal complications or adverse effects), rapid onset, a therapeutic half-life, and minimal or no monitoring. Predictable and reversible action, with few drug or dietary interactions, and cost also are important. Achieving all these criteria in a single agent has not yet been achieved. Each of the anticoagulant agents available today has generally been able to incorporate some, but not all, of these characteristics.


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