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an inhibitor of the clot-promoting activity of thrombin, used in conjunction with aspirin as an anticoagulant in patients with unstable angina pectoris who are undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty; administered intravenously.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Angiomax, Angiox (UK)

Pharmacologic class: Thrombin inhibitor

Therapeutic class: Anticoagulant

Pregnancy risk category B


Selectively inhibits thrombin by binding to its receptor sites, causing inactivation of coagulation factors V, VIII, and XII and thus preventing conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin


Powder for injection: 250 mg/vial

Indications and dosages

Patients with unstable angina who are undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA); patients with or at risk for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention

Adults: 0.75 mg by I.V. bolus followed by 1.75 mg/kg/hour by I.V. infusion for duration of procedure. Five minutes after bolus is administered, an activated clotting time should be obtained and an additional bolus of 0.3 mg/kg should be given if needed. Continuation of infusion for up to 4 hours post-procedure is optional, and at discretion of treating physician. After 4 hours, an additional I.V. infusion may be initiated at rate of 0.2 mg/kg/hour for up to 20 hours if needed.

Dosage adjustment

• Renal impairment

• Dialysis patients

Off-label uses

• PCTA (regardless of history of unstable angina)

• Anticoagulation during orthopedic surgery


• Hypersensitivity to drug

• Active major bleeding


Use cautiously in:

• renal impairment, severe hepatic dysfunction, bacterial endocarditis, cerebrovascular accident, severe hypertension, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, thrombosis syndrome

• diseases associated with increased risk of bleeding

• concurrent use of other platelet aggregation inhibitors

• pregnant or breastfeeding patients

• children.


• For I.V. injection and infusion, add 5 ml of sterile water to each 250-mg vial; gently mix until dissolved. Further dilute in 50 ml of dextrose 5% in water or normal saline solution for injection to a final concentration of 5 mg/ml.

• Don't mix with other drugs.

• Don't give by I.M. route.

• Know that drug is intended for use with aspirin.

Adverse reactions

CNS: headache, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia

CV: hypotension, hypertension, bradycardia, ventricular fibrillation

GI: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, severe spontaneous GI bleeding

GU: urinary retention, severe spontaneous GU bleeding

Hematologic: severe spontaneous bleeding

Musculoskeletal: pelvic or back pain

Other: fever, pain at injection site


Drug-drug. Abciximab, anticoagulants (including heparin, low-molecular-weight heparins, and heparinoids),

thrombolytics, ticlopidine, warfarin: increased risk of bleeding

Drug-diagnostic tests. Activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time: increased

Drug-herbs. Ginkgo biloba: increased risk of bleeding

Patient monitoring

Monitor blood pressure, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. Be aware that decrease in blood pressure or hematocrit may signal hemorrhagic event.

• Monitor venipuncture site closely for bleeding.

Patient teaching

Instruct patient to immediately report bleeding, bruising, or tarry stools.

• Tell patient to avoid activities that can cause injury. Advise him to use soft toothbrush and electric razor to avoid gum and skin injury.

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A synthetic thrombin inhibitor.
Synonym(s): bivalirudin
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


A specific direct-thrombin inhibitor, a synthetic analogue of hirudin, which is found in the saliva of Hirudo medicinalis, the medicinal leech. It is better than heparin in that it has a rapid onset of action, shorter half-life, is potent, specifically binds to thrombin and is reversible.

Anticoagulant for unstable angina and percutaneous coronary interventions, especially patients with heparin induced thrombocytopenia/heparin induced thrombosis-thrombocytopenia syndrome (HIT/HITTS).
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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According to the company, the decline in worldwide net revenue is a result of lower worldwide net revenue from sales of Angiomax (bivalirudin)/Angiox (bivalirudin), which it expects to be in the range of USD97m to USD105m compared to USD155.7m in the first quarter of 2014.
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3 October 2011 - US-based The Medicines Company (NASDAQ:MDCO) said on Monday it had settled the lawsuits filed by the firm relating to the Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) submitted by Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc and its affiliate, Pliva Hrvatska d.o.o., for generic versions of its anticoagulant Angiomax (bivalirudin for injection).
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