How do the new oral blood thinners stack up to Warfarin, the tried-and-true drug? On the whole, doctors are saying the new drugs offer better outcomes…but more side effects, specifically gastrointestinal bleeding.
However, doctors still seem more enthusiastic about the new drugs.
Overall, “the new oral anticoagulants show a favorable balance between efficacy and safety compared with warfarin, which is consistent across a wide range of patients with atrial fibrillation known to be at high risk for both ischemic and bleeding events,” Ruff and colleagues wrote.
Sadly, a meta-analysis like this study doesn’t help clarify which “new anticoagulant” is best. Like any drug, no drug is perfect, so it’s a matter of trial and error. It’s all about working with your doctor to find the right choice for you.