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I'd like to speak with you today about a conversation that comes up regularly. I have patients who take Warfarin, a blood thinner, and some of the new NOACs (Novel Oral Anticoagulants). People say to me they like to take Warfarin because it has an antidote. They feel, or what they've been told, is that Vitamin K reverses Warfarin. That antidote is no good at all if you're into a major motor vehicle accident or if you need urgent surgery because it takes at least 6 to 12 hours for the body to replenish the factors that warfarin blocks. So, no, Warfarin doesn't really have an antidote. There is an antidote to Pradaxa or Dabigatran, which we can literally squirt in. It blocks the agent and reverses it.
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