Is tirofiban an anticoagulant?

No, tirofiban is not an anticoagulant. It is an antiplatelet agent. Specifically, tirofiban is a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor, which works by preventing platelets from aggregating and forming blood clots. This makes it useful in treating conditions where there is a risk of blood clots, such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Anticoagulants, on the other hand, work by interfering with the coagulation cascade to prevent the formation of fibrin clots. Common examples of anticoagulants include heparin, warfarin, and direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) like rivaroxaban and apixaban.

Tirofiban Hydrochloride

So while both antiplatelets like tirofiban and anticoagulants are used to reduce the risk of clot formation, they work through different mechanisms in the body.