Which medications in the drug class Vitamin K Antagonists are used in the treatment of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jul 05, 2017
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Vitamin K Antagonists

Coumarins are a class of oral anticoagulant drugs that act as antagonists to vitamin K. The mechanism of action is to interfere with the interaction between vitamin K and coagulation factors II, VII, IX, and X. Vitamin K acts as a cofactor at these levels. Coumarins produce their anticoagulant effect by inhibiting the carboxylation necessary for biologic activity.

Warfarin (Coumadin)

Warfarin interferes with hepatic synthesis of vitamin K–dependent coagulation factors. It is used for prophylaxis and treatment of venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (PE), and thromboembolic disorders. The dose must be individualized and adjusted to maintain an international normalized ratio (INR) of 2-3.


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