Which medications in the drug class Anticoagulants are used in the treatment of Posterior Cerebral Artery Stroke?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Erek K Helseth, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Anticoagulants prevent recurrent embolism and the extension of the thrombosis.

Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)

Warfarin interferes with the hepatic synthesis of vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. It is used for the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and thromboembolic disorders. Tailor the dose to maintain an INR in the range of 2-3. Patients with prosthetic cardiac valves may require higher INR levels.

Dabigatran (Pradaxa)

Competitive, direct thrombin inhibitor. Thrombin enables fibrinogen conversion to fibrin during the coagulation cascade, thereby preventing thrombus development. Inhibits both free and clot-bound thrombin and thrombin-induced platelet aggregation. Indicated for prevention of stroke and thromboembolism associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

Factor Xa inhibitor indicated to reduce risk of stroke and systemic embolism with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Dose is adjusted according to estimated creatinine clearance.

Apixaban (Eliquis)

Inhibits platelet activation and fibrin clot formation via direct, selective, and reversible inhibition of free and clot-bound factor Xa. Factor Xa, as part of the prothrombinase complex, catalyzes the conversion of prothrombin to thrombin. Thrombin both activates platelets and catalyzes the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin.

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