The aim of the present chapter is to characterize the management of anticoagulation in the real-world clinical setting, describing all pharmacological aspects of anticoagulant medications, in particular safety aspects. The chapter is structured into three main sections. Within the first two sections, active principles are classified on the basis of their pharmacological properties (pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic characteristic) in old and new molecules (or first and second generation class). In the third one, we discuss safety issues of anticoagulants using available data from postmarketing evidences. Furthermore, we also provide some essential information on the use of this kind of medications in special populations (i.e., elderly, coronary artery disease, diabetics, chronic kidney disease, etc.) in clinical practice.
Part of the book: Anticoagulant Drugs