Re-initiation of dabigatran and direct factor Xa antagonists after a major bleed

Truman J. Milling, Alex C. Spyropoulos

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Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are a relatively recent addition to the oral anticoagulant armamentarium, and provide an alternative to the use of vitamin K antagonists such as warfarin. Regardless of the type of agent used, bleeding is the major complication of anticoagulant therapy. The decision to restart oral anticoagulation following a major hemorrhage in a previously anticoagulated patient is supported largely by retrospective studies rather than randomized clinical trials (mostly with vitamin K antagonists), and remains an issue of individualized clinical assessment: the patient's risk of thromboembolism must be balanced with the risk of recurrent major bleeding. This review provides guidance for clinicians regarding if and when a patient should be re-initiated on DOAC therapy following a major hemorrhage, based on the existing evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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