I’ve heard about new blood thinning medications I could take instead of Coumadin® (warfarin). Should I change my treatment?

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There are 5 newer blood thinning medications on
the market for the treatment and/or prevention of blood
clots, and for the prevention of stroke in patients with
atrial fibrillation (A-fib). They are known as DOACs.

In general, DOACs work as well or better
than warfarin and may be safer; however, each blood
thinner has its own advantages and disadvantages. Your
health care provider will choose the best medication
for you based on many things, including your specific
medical problem, how well your kidneys work, your
age, and your weight. The DOACs do not require blood
tests as often as warfarin does. However, regular exams
and blood tests to check your kidney function are needed
while taking a DOAC. The DOACs are not yet available
as generic medications and are usually more expensive
than Coumadin® (warfarin). You can discuss the costs
with your provider.

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