What medication is used after having suffered a coronary thrombosis?
Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
Always prescribed unless the patient is intolerant to it. Has a mild blood-thinning effect and may prevent further coronary events. The patient should take aspirin for the rest of his life. May be given clopidogrel as a substitute, if the patient is intolerant to aspirin.
Nitroglycerin (which dilates the arteries)
May be prescribed in pills, patches that stick to skin or spray for the treatment of episodes of chest pain. The long-term oral nitrate can reduce attacks of angina pectoris, and is useful to decrease the duration of these attacks.