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Association between use of non–vitamin k oral anticoagulants with and without concurrent medications and risk of major bleeding in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Chang, Shang-Hung; Chou, I-Jun; Yeh, Yung-Hsin; Chiou, Meng-Jiun; Wen, Ming-Shien; Kuo, Chi-Tai; See, Lai-Chu; Kuo, Chang-Fu

Authors

Shang-Hung Chang

I-Jun Chou

Yung-Hsin Yeh

Meng-Jiun Chiou

Ming-Shien Wen

Chi-Tai Kuo

Lai-Chu See

Chang-Fu Kuo



Abstract

Importance:  Non–vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are commonly prescribed with other medications that share metabolic pathways that may increase major bleeding risk.

Objective:  To assess the association between use of NOACs with and without concurrent medications and risk of major bleeding in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

Design, Setting, and Participants:  Retrospective cohort study using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance database and including 91 330 patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who received at least 1 NOAC prescription of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, or apixaban from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2016, with final follow-up on December 31, 2016.

Exposures:  NOAC with or without concurrent use of atorvastatin; digoxin; verapamil; diltiazem; amiodarone; fluconazole; ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, or posaconazole; cyclosporine; erythromycin or clarithromycin; dronedarone; rifampin; or phenytoin.

Main Outcomes and Measures:  Major bleeding, defined as hospitalization or emergency department visit with a primary diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage or gastrointestinal, urogenital, or other bleeding. Adjusted incidence rate differences between person-quarters (exposure time for each person during each quarter of the calendar year) of NOAC with or without concurrent medications were estimated using Poisson regression and inverse probability of treatment weighting using the propensity score.

Results:  Among 91 330 patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (mean age, 74.7 years [SD, 10.8]; men, 55.8%; NOAC exposure: dabigatran, 45 347 patients; rivaroxaban, 54 006 patients; and apixaban, 12 886 patients), 4770 major bleeding events occurred during 447 037 person-quarters with NOAC prescriptions. The most common medications co-prescribed with NOACs over all person-quarters were atorvastatin (27.6%), diltiazem (22.7%), digoxin (22.5%), and amiodarone (21.1%). Concurrent use of amiodarone, fluconazole, rifampin, and phenytoin with NOACs had a significant increase in adjusted incidence rates per 1000 person-years of major bleeding than NOACs alone: 38.09 for NOAC use alone vs 52.04 for amiodarone (difference, 13.94 [99% CI, 9.76-18.13]); 102.77 for NOAC use alone vs 241.92 for fluconazole (difference, 138.46 [99% CI, 80.96-195.97]); 65.66 for NOAC use alone vs 103.14 for rifampin (difference, 36.90 [99% CI, 1.59-72.22); and 56.07 for NOAC use alone vs 108.52 for phenytoin (difference, 52.31 [99% CI, 32.18-72.44]; P 

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 3, 2017
Journal Journal of the American Medical Association
Print ISSN 0098-7484
Electronic ISSN 1538-3598
Publisher American Medical Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 318
Issue 13
APA6 Citation Chang, S., Chou, I., Yeh, Y., Chiou, M., Wen, M., Kuo, C., …Kuo, C. (2017). Association between use of non–vitamin k oral anticoagulants with and without concurrent medications and risk of major bleeding in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(13), doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13883
DOI https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.13883
Publisher URL https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2656168
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf


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