, Volume 64, Supplement 1, pp 37–46

Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism and Long-Term Prevention of Recurrence: Present Treatment Options and Ximelagatran

Review Article


Despite the effectiveness of anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of acute venous thromboembolism and the prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism, existing antithrombotic therapies are suboptimal. Unfractionated heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and warfarin have practical limitations and carry the risk of treatment-related adverse events that restrict their clinical benefits and reduce cost-effectiveness. Efforts to achieve optimal venous thromboembolism prophylaxis by modifying the intensity of oral warfarin treatment have produced equivocal results, and there is a need for new, efficacious antithrombotic drugs providing predictable, well-tolerated oral dosing without the need for coagulation monitoring. Such agents would ideally have no significant food or drug interactions, and be suitable for both short- and long-term treatment. Ximelagatran, the first oral direct thrombin inhibitor, has the potential to fulfill many of the unmet needs in the management of venous thromboembolism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineSahlgrenska University Hospital/ÖstraGothenburgSweden

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