Anticoagulants are medications prescribed for prevention or treatment of blood clots. They are sometimes referred as “blood thinners”, but they do not “thin” the blood. Instead, they delay the time for blood to clot, thereby slowing down the formation of blood clots. The most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulants are warfarin and nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as Rivaroxaban, Dabigatran and Apixaban. Anticoagulants also come in injectable forms such as heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin.
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