Blood-thinning medication after stroke

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Blood-thinning medications reduce your risk of stroke by helping to prevent blood clots forming. You might be prescribed them after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or a stroke caused by a blockage (an ischaemic stroke, or clot).

This guide explains the two main types of blood-thinning medication, antiplatelets and anticoagulants, and how they can help to reduce your risk of a stroke.

Antiplatelets such as aspirin and clopidogrel are given after a stroke or TIA. Someone with atrial fibrillation may be given an anticoagulant such as warfarin, dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban, or edoxaban.

This guide explains how the medications can reduce stroke risk, with information on how they are used and common side effects. It also lists some sources of further information and support. 

Accessible formats

  • Clear print: you can download a pdf at the end of this page.
  • Large print: you can download a large print version at the end of this page.
  • Braille: email info@stroke.org.uk to request a braille copy 

Document date

Publication date
September 2017
Next review due
April 2019

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