Factor Xa │ Inhibitor
Activated Factor X (Factor Xa) is a central component of the prothrombinase complex, which converts large amounts of prothrombin (Factor II) to thrombin, described as the “thrombin burst”. One molecule of Factor Xa catalyses the formation of approximately 1,000 thrombin molecules.25, 26, 27
Factor Xa Inhibitor
Xarelto® is the first direct inhibitor of Factor Xa available for clinical use. It is leading a new generation of Factor Xa–inhibiting drugs under development designed to meet the clinical need for improved antithrombotic therapy. It is approved in the European Union for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adult patients undergoing elective hip or knee replacement surgery.1, 26
See also: Oral Anticoagulant
See also: Blood Clot Symptoms
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- 28 - Leadley RJ Jr. Coagulation factor Xa inhibition: biological background and rationale. Curr Top Med Chem. 2001;1(2):151-159.
- 1 - Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) Summary of Product Characteristics as approved by the European Commission.