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Hello, My mother lives in France but she has to come to

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My mother lives in France but she has to come to live with me in the UK because she is no more autonomous. Unfortunately she had an heart operation ( valve replacement ) years ago, she has to take an anti-coagulant called Previscan. I have been told that it is not available in the UK. Could you advise me please? The doctor in France asked me if Xarelto would do ?
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Hilaire Saint-Jacques
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The Previscan contains fluindione, which is an anticoagulant that works as an antagonist to vitamin K. The Xarelto is an anticoagulant, but it works by a different mechanism and is typically not used in someone with a valve replacement. However, there is another anticoagulant that is available in the UK that is a vitamin K antagonist, called warfarin, and the warfarin would be the best option for your mother.

Therefore, it would be appropriate for your mother to be switched to warfarin, a similar medicine to the Previscan.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello Dr,

Thank you for the reply. I just would like to know if fluindione is not used in the UK or is it only Previscan ? Is Warfarin based on fluindione ?

Best regards


The fluindione is not available in the UK under any brand name. Warfarin is not based on fluindione. Both medicines work by the same mechanism, vitamin K antagonism, but they are structurally different.
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