Stephan Moll, MD writes… Patients who are on warfarin for a history of DVT or PE may discuss with their physician whether a switch to one of the new oral blood thinners is appropriate or whether continued warfarin is the best choice for them. Similarly, physicians may initiate this discussion with their patients.
This, obviously, requires a detailed discussion and an individualized decision with a number of factors to be considered. We have developed a two-page “Comparison of Oral Blood Thinners” summary sheet for patients, to assist with the discussion, listing the pros and cons of the various blood thinner choices. The reader is welcome to print this resource and use it in the discussion with his/her physician.
Disclosure: I have been a consultant for Boehringer-Ingelheim, Daiichi, and Janssen.
Last Updated: Dec 19th, 2013