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Sujan T Reddy, T C Cossey, Sean I Savitz, James C Grotta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An 80-year-old man presents with an acute right hemiparesis and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) of 25, 14 h after taking dabigatran. Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) is 42.8 s. Arteriogram demonstrates left internal carotid artery thrombosis. What is the appropriate management of this patient with acute ischemic stroke while on a NOAC? RECENT FINDINGS: Idarucizumab is a reversal agent approved for dabigatran, and two more reversal agents, andexanet alfa and aripazine, are currently in development for NOACs...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Matej Samos, Lucia Stanciakova, Ingrid Skornova, Tomas Bolek, Frantisek Kovar, Jan Stasko, Peter Galajda, Marian Mokan, Peter Kubisz
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) offer consistent and predictable anticoagulation, oral administration with good patient compliance and a good safety profile. Dabigatran - a direct thrombin inhibitor, apixaban and rivaroxaban - direct factor Xa inhibitors are now largely used for anticoagulation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and in patients with venous thromboembolism. These agents have emerged as an expediential clinical choice in long-term anticoagulation for an increasing number of patients...
2017: Current Drug Metabolism
Prajwal Dhakal, Supratik Rayamajhi, Vivek Verma, Krishna Gundabolu, Vijaya R Bhatt
Bleeding is the most common complication of all anticoagulants. Any bleeding patient on an anticoagulant should be risk-stratified based on hemodynamic instability, source of bleeding, and degree of blood loss. Although minor bleed may be managed with discontinuation of anticoagulant, major bleed may require transfusion of blood products and use of specific antidote. The residual effects of each anticoagulant may be monitored with distinct coagulation assay. Intravenous or oral vitamin K can reverse the effect of warfarin within 24 to 48 hours and is indicated for any bleeding, international normalized ratio of >10 or 4...
July 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
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
A Godier, A-C Martin, N Rosencher, S Susen
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) are recommended for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. However, they are associated with hemorrhagic complications. Management of DOAC-induced bleeding remains challenging. Activated or non-activated prothrombin concentrates are proposed, although their efficacy to reverse DOAC is uncertain. Therapeutic options also include antidotes: idarucizumab, antidote for dabigatran, has been approved for use whereas andexanet alpha, antidote for anti-Xa agents, and aripazine, antidote for all DOAC, are under development...
July 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Brian K Yorkgitis
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants have become an attractive alternative to warfarin when patients require anticoagulation. Until recently, one of the biggest challenges to these agents was the lack of specific reversal of their anticoagulation when bleeding occurs or urgent/emergent procedures are required. DATA SOURCES: This article is a narrative review of peer-reviewed publications with particular attention to authors that are experts in the field, society guidelines, and government publications...
July 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Ramyashree Tummala, Ana Kavtaradze, Anjan Gupta, Raktim Kumar Ghosh
The Vitamin K antagonist warfarin was the only oral anticoagulant available for decades for the treatment of thrombosis and prevention of thromboembolism until Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs); a group of new oral anticoagulants got approved in the last few years. Direct thrombin inhibitor: dabigatran and factor Xa inhibitors: apixaban, rivaroxaban, and edoxaban directly inhibit the coagulation cascade. DOACs have many advantages over warfarin. However, the biggest drawback of DOACs has been the lack of specific antidotes to reverse the anticoagulant effect in emergency situations...
July 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Elsayed Abo-Salem, Richard C Becker
The development of a new generation of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants represents a potential breakthrough in the management of patients with thrombotic diseases, disorders and conditions. While a large and growing body of evidence from large-scale clinical trials and registries supports a favorable safety profile, having a means to rapidly reverse their anticoagulant effects represents an unmet need among practicing clinicians. Several targeted reversal agents are currently in development and the early results are promising...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Christian von Heymann, Christoph Rosenthal, Lutz Kaufner, Michael Sander
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article emphasizes the differentiated management of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs)-associated bleeding in trauma patients to generate a severity adjusted treatment protocol. RECENT FINDINGS: The management of DOAC-associated bleeding should take severity, mortality risk, and haemodynamic effects of the trauma-induced bleeding into account. SUMMARY: The different pharmacological properties of DOACs are important for the management of trauma-induced bleeding...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Konstantinos N Aronis, Elaine M Hylek
Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been a major addition to our therapeutic armamentarium. They are at least as effective as warfarin in the thromboprophylaxis of non-valvular atrial fibrillation and management of thromboembolic disease, with a more favorable safety profile. Their predictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics allow for a fixed oral dosing without the need for anticoagulation monitoring. A major concern regarding NOACs is the lack of a readily available antidote to reverse their anticoagulation effect in case of life-threatening bleeding or need for emergent surgery...
February 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Maria Teresa Sartori, Paolo Prandoni
Since affecting hemostasis, all the anticoagulant drugs carry a risk of bleeding. Minor bleeds may be managed without the need to reverse the anticoagulant effect, which is instead a key step to ensure efficacious hemostasis in major and life-threatening bleeding. Drug withdrawal applies to all anticoagulants. Unfractionated heparin can be neutralized by protamine, which may partly neutralize low-molecular-weight heparins. There is no antidote for fondaparinux, and recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) may be considered for critical bleeding...
January 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
Steen Husted, Freek W A Verheugt, Willemijn J Comuth
The non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are used for thromboembolic prophylaxis of patients with atrial fibrillation and in the treatment as well as secondary prophylaxis of patients with venous thromboembolism. Even though NOACs have a better safety profile than vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), there will still be bleeding complications on NOAC treatment. In some cases, stopping the NOAC and non-drug-related management such as manual compression and interventional endoscopy will be sufficient to stop the bleeding...
January 2016: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Mark H Eckman
Until recently, vitamin K antagonists, warfarin being the most commonly used agent in the United States, have been the only oral anticoagulant therapies available to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In the last 5 years four new, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants, the so-called NOACs or novel oral anticoagulants, have come to market and been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Despite comparable if not superior efficacy in preventing AF-related stroke, and generally lower risks of major hemorrhage, particularly intracranial bleeding, the uptake of these agents has been slow...
February 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Gianfranco Cervellin, Mario Benatti, Laura Bonfanti, Giuseppe Lippi
The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are increasingly used in patients with atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism. The decision making of clinicians and especially emergency physicians for the appropriate management of patients taking DOACs entails a thorough understanding of pharmacologic profile, practical guidance on their usage, and management of bleeding and/or thrombotic events. The available evidence suggests that the bleeding complications observed in patients taking DOACs are less frequent and potentially less severe than those in patients taking vitamin K antagonists or heparins...
April 2015: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Andreas Greinacher, Thomas Thiele, Kathleen Selleng
Several new anticoagulants have entered the clinical arena or are under clinical development. These drugs include indirect (fondaparinux) and direct oral factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban, betrixaban), and the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran. Especially the oral direct FXa and FIIa inhibitors overcome many of the shortcomings of heparins and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). They are administered orally at a fixed dose; regular monitoring is not necessary; interaction with other drugs or nutrition occur less than with VKAs and they are at least as effective as VKAs for most indications tested...
May 2015: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Yoonsun Mo, Felix K Yam
Warfarin, a vitamin K antagonist, has been the only orally available anticoagulant for > 60 years. During the past decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOACs) for the prophylaxis and treatment of arterial and venous thromboembolism and stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. These new agents have several advantages over warfarin including more predictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, fewer food and drug interactions, and lack of need for routine coagulation monitoring...
February 2015: Pharmacotherapy
Deborah M Siegal
Target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOACs) dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban are approved for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolism in several clinical settings. Bleeding is the major complication of anticoagulant therapy, including TSOACs, and anticoagulant reversal strategies are highly desired for the management of anticoagulant-associated major bleeding in addition to maximum supportive care and procedural/surgical intervention. Unlike VKAs for which vitamin K and coagulation factor replacement with prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) can restore hemostasis, there are no clinically available agents proven to reverse TSOAC anticoagulant effect and ameliorate TSOAC-related major bleeding...
April 2015: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Antonio Gomez-Outes, M L Suarez-Gea, Ramon Lecumberri, Ana I Terleira-Fernandez, Emilio Vargas-Castrillon
In the last decade, several direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban) have been marketed for prophylaxis and/or treatment of thromboembolism without having specific antidotes available for their reversal. Current management of bleeding associated to DOAC includes the removal of all antithrombotic medications and supportive care. Non-specific procoagulant agents (prothrombin complex concentrates and activated factor VIIa) have been used in case of serious bleeding. Currently, some specific antidotes for the DOAC are under development...
2014: Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery
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