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Aspirin and other antiplatelet drugs in the prophylaxis of thrombosis.

Aspirin is of proven value as an antithrombotic drug. In unstable angina it reduces the risk of death and myocardial infarction by half. After a myocardial infarction it reduces the risk of death by about 10% and of coronary incidence (coronary death or definite myocardial infarction) by about 25%. These effects appear to be additive with those of beta-blocking drugs. Aspirin also reduces the risk of occlusion of aortocoronary saphenous vein grafts by about half. In transient cerebral ischaemia, aspirin may reduce the risk of stroke and death by 50%. In most clinical trials to date the daily dose of aspirin ranges from 325 mg to 1400 mg. Interest in very low doses of aspirin (less than 60 mg daily) is considerable but has yet to be translated into proven clinical benefit. Dipyridamole has not been shown to be effective as an antithrombotic when used alone. Its antiplatelet action ex vivo may be enhanced by combination with aspirin but clinical trials have shown relatively little advantage of the combination over aspirin alone. Sulphinpyrazone has not become established as a first line antithrombotic drug. Epoprostenol is useful in extracorporeal circulations to prevent platelet consumption and possibly in severe inoperable peripheral vascular disease.[1]


  1. Aspirin and other antiplatelet drugs in the prophylaxis of thrombosis. Webster, J., Douglas, A.S. Blood Rev. (1987) [Pubmed]
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