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What is the adult dosage for taking a novel anticoagulant for A Fib?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Atrial fibrillation (also called A Fib) is a common heart rhythm condition that can lead to an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Novel anticoagulants for people with atrial fibrillation may be taken once or twice a day to help prevent clots from forming. Because these drugs are still being studied, experts do not know if it is better to take the drug one or two times a day. If you have a hard time remembering to take your medicines, twice-a-day dosing may be hard for you. Talk to your doctor about your medication concerns. Your doctor may be able to help you figure out a way to consistently take a novel anticoagulant or may suggest a different medicine for you to try.