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Apixaban, rivaroxaban, edoxaban, dabigatran

Viraj Suvarna
Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) has reached an exciting phase with a plethora of newer, potentially more efficacious and safer agents being introduced for physicians to select from. Dabigatran belongs to a class of anticoagulants called direct thrombin inhibitors, while rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban are direct Factor Xa inhibitors. Purely from a therapeutic endpoint perspective-based on the action of anticoagulants in reducing cardioembolic stroke-in clinical trials, one should look at whether a new anticoagulant in patients with AF prevents ischemic stroke...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Lai Heng Lee
The group of new oral anticoagulants or NOACs, now termed direct oral anticoagulants or DOACs, with their favourable results from large scale phase III clinical trials, represent a major advancement and expanded armamentarium in antithrombotic therapy. Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are now in clinical routine use for prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombotic diseases as addressed in their clinical trials. Usage of the DOACs is expected to increase as clinicians gain more experience and reassurance with data from the real world studies which are generally consistent with that from clinical trials...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Jessica W Skelley, C Whitney White, Angela R Thomason
To review the use of the direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) agents in inherited thrombophilia based on the literature. MEDLINE, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, and Google Scholar searches (1970-May 2016) were conducted for case reports, case series, retrospective cohorts, or clinical trials using the key words: protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin deficiency, activated protein C resistance, Factor V Leiden, hypercoagulable, NOACs, dabigatran, apixaban, rivaroxaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, Xa inhibitor, direct thrombin inhibitor...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Ken Okumura, Masatsugu Hori, Norio Tanahashi, A John Camm
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke in elderly patients. Although warfarin has been used to prevent AF-associated stroke for more than 50 years, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban recently have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of warfarin. Based on the results of NOAC clinical trials, Savelieva and Camm made recommendations regarding selection of NOACs in patients with nonvalvular AF. Recent accumulating evidence indicates that NOACs work differently in Asian and non-Asian individuals...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Peter Gavorník, Andrej Dukát, Ľudovít Gašpar, Gabriela Gubo, Naďa Hučková
Until recently, vitamin K antagonists (VKA; predominantly warfarin) were the only oral anticoagulants for primary and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism. Prevention and therapy with novel, direct, non-VKA oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs; DOACs: dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban), have recently become available as an alternative to VKA. NOACs have been shown to be non-inferior or superior to VKA in clinical trials. Available results suggest that real world safety of NOACs is mostly consistent with results observed in clinical trials...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Navkaranbir S Bajaj, Rajat Kalra, Nirav Patel, Taimoor Hashim, Hemant Godara, Sameer Ather, Garima Arora, Tilak Pasala, Thomas T Whitfield, David C McGiffin, Mustafa I Ahmed, Steven G Lloyd, Nita A Limdi, Pankaj Arora
BACKGROUND: Multiple novel oral anticoagulants and left atrial appendage closure devices (WATCHMAN) have been tested against dose-adjusted vitamin K antagonists in randomized controlled trials for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. No direct comparisons of these strategies are available from randomized controlled trials. We conducted the current analyses by combining efficacy and safety characteristics of all FDA approved stroke prophylaxis treatment strategies for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2016: PloS One
John Eikelboom, Geno Merli
The risk of bleeding in the setting of anticoagulant therapy continues to be re-evaluated following the introduction of a new generation of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Interruption of DOAC therapy and supportive care may be sufficient for the management of patients who present with mild or moderate bleeding, but in those with life-threatening bleeding, a specific reversal agent is desirable. We review the phase 3 clinical studies of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, in the context of bleeding risk and management...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Benilde Cosmi
Anticoagulants such as heparins and vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are effective for thrombosis prevention and treatment, but are associated with the risk of bleeding and other limitations, spurring the search for improved drugs. Areas covered: to evaluate the newer anticoagulants, focusing on those tested in phase III clinical trials such as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) and warfarin analogues. DOACs such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are licensed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and treatment of venous thromboembolism, dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban for postoperative thromboprophylaxis in patients undergoing elective hip or knee arthroplasty and rivaroxaban for secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes...
October 12, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Angelique H Sadlon, Dimitrios A Tsakiris
BACKGROUND: Concerns regarding the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs: apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, rivaroxaban) in the elderly persist owing to the lack of randomised controlled trials targeting this age group. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of DOACs in elderly patients (aged 75 years or more) with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism (VTE), based on already published large randomised trials. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library were searched from inception to June 2015 for phase III trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
Christos Voukalis, Gregory Y H Lip, Eduard Shantsila
INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world. The approval of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) as antithrombotic alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) has offered more treatment options to physicians for the prevention of VTE recurrence, fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) and long-term complications. Four NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban) that have been approved for the treatment of acute VTE following large phase III trials, where NOACs demonstrated similar efficacy and superior safety profile compared to VKAs...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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Since 2011, data on patients exposed to direct oral anticoagulants (DOAs) while undergoing invasive procedures have accumulated. At the same time, an increased hemorrhagic risk during perioperative bridging anticoagulation without thrombotic risk reduction has been demonstrated. This has led the GIHP to update their guidelines published in 2011. For scheduled procedures at low bleeding risk, it is suggested that patients interrupt DOAs the night before irrespective of type of drug and to resume therapy six hours or more after the end of the invasive procedure...
September 19, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Karen S Brown, Hamim Zahir, Michael A Grosso, Hans J Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Jerrold H Levy
BACKGROUND: Four nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are approved for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. These include the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and the direct factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban. Bleeding is a complication for all anticoagulants and concerns regarding bleeding risk and the suitability of effective reversal strategies may be a barrier to their prescription...
September 23, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Bethany T Samuelson, Adam Cuker, Deborah M Siegal, Mark Crowther, David A Garcia
BACKGROUND: The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are the treatment of choice for most patients with atrial fibrillation and/or non-cancer associated venous thromboembolic disease. While routine monitoring of these agents is not required, assessment of anticoagulant effect may be desirable in special situations. The objective of this study was to systematically review and summarize current evidence regarding laboratory assessment of the anticoagulant effects of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban...
September 13, 2016: Chest
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
N G Khorev, A P Momot, V O Kon'kova
During the last 10 years, several novel direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have entered the clinical arena and were registered in the Russian Federation for use in patients presenting with atrial fibrillation, venous thrombosis, and pulmonary artery thromboembolism. NOACs are classified into two groups: direct thrombin inhibitor (notably dabigatran) and factor Xa inhibitors (including rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban). Their disadvantage is lack of specific antidotes in case of an emergency situation (injury, infarction, stroke requiring thrombolysis, urgent operation)...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
Bethany T Samuelson, Adam Cuker
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) offer noninferior efficacy and improved safety compared to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism and for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Unlike VKAs, DOACs do not require routine laboratory monitoring of anticoagulant effect and dose adjustment. In certain situations, however, laboratory assessment of anticoagulant effect may be desirable. Here we review the utility of currently available assays for assessment of DOAC effect and recommend an optimal assessment strategy for each drug, including calibrated dilute thrombin time or ecarin-based assays for dabigatran and calibrated anti-Xa activity assays for the factor Xa inhibitors...
September 2, 2016: Blood Reviews
Marco Alings
Non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have emerged as alternatives to VKAs for the prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Four NOACS: dabigatran, apixaban, rivaroxaban and edoxaban, have received regulatory approval in Europe from the European Medicines Agency. Numerous factors can influence the decision to prescribe a NOAC, the most important of which are assessment of stroke and bleeding risks. Given the variation in design of the pivotal phase III clinical trials investigating the efficacy and safety of NOACs, and in the absence of head-to-head comparative data, it is impossible to recommend one NOAC over the other...
August 2016: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Fabio Marsico, Milena Cecere, Antonio Parente, Stefania Paolillo, Fabiana de Martino, Santo Dellegrottaglie, Bruno Trimarco, Pasquale Perrone Filardi
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and predisposes to an increased risk of thromboembolic events. Patients affected by AF exhibit an increased risk of stroke compared with those in sinus rhythm, with the most common location of thrombi in the left atrial appendage. Until 2009, warfarin and other vitamin K antagonists were the only class of oral anticoagulants available. More recently, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban have been approved by regulatory authorities for prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular AF...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Rahul Trikha, Peter R Kowey
OBJECTIVES: Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban are nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) approved for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Phase-3 clinical trials demonstrated NOACs were as effective as warfarin in the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism and associated with decreased incidences of intracranial bleeding. Additionally, NOACs provide quicker onset of action, simpler dosing, more predictable pharmacokinetic profiles, and decreased food and drug interactions compared with warfarin...
September 6, 2016: Cardiology
Jeffrey I Weitz, Iqbal H Jaffer
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are rapidly replacing vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The DOACs include dabigatran, which inhibits thrombin, and rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban, which inhibit factor Xa. When compared with conventional VTE treatment consisting of a parenteral anticoagulant followed by a VKA, the DOACs were equally effective for prevention of recurrence, but were associated with less bleeding. With similar efficacy, better safety, and the convenience of fixed dosing without the need for routine coagulation monitoring, guidelines now recommend DOACs over VKAs for VTE treatment in patients without active cancer...
September 5, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
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