Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets

Anticoagulants are drugs that act on the coagulation pathway and reduce the clotting of blood. They are used to eliminate or reduce the risk of blood clots. Anti platelet agents are a group of medicines that inhibit platelet aggregation and thereby clot formation. They reduce the stickiness of platelets and are often referred to as blood thinners. Both of these groups of drugs are used to treat or prevent conditions that are a result of clot or thrombus formation like myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) etc.