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Differential effects of conventional and low dose oral hormone therapy (HT), tibolone, and raloxifene on coagulation and fibrinolysis.

Author(s): Eilertsen AL, Sandvik L, Mowinckel MC, Andersen TO, Qvigstad E, Sandset PM

Affiliation(s): Department of Hematology, Ulleval University Hospital Trust, Oslo, Norway. a.l.eilertsen@medisin.uio.no

Publication date & source: 2007, Thromb Res., 120(3):371-9. Epub 2006 Dec 15.

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

INTRODUCTION: We have recently reported that different hormone regimens given to healthy post-menopausal women had markedly different effects on activation of coagulation. Low-dose hormone therapy (HT) and raloxifene, as opposed to conventional-dose HT and tibolone, were associated with no or minor activation of coagulation. The aim of this study was to elucidate the mechanism(s) for differences in coagulation activation by analysing clotting and fibrinolytic factors and coagulation inhibitors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 202 healthy women were randomly assigned to receive treatment for 12 weeks with either low dose HT containing 1 mg 17 beta-estradiol+0.5 mg norethisterone acetate (NETA) (n=50), conventional dose HT containing 2 mg 17 beta-estradiol and 1 mg NETA (n=50), 2.5 mg tibolone (n=51), or 60 mg raloxifene (n=51) in an open-label design. RESULTS: The conventional-and low-dose HT groups generally showed similar effects, i.e., reductions in both clotting factors and inhibitors, but the effects were markedly more pronounced in the conventional-dose HT group. Compared with the low-dose HT group those treated with tibolone showed more pronounced decreases in factor VII, less reduction of antithrombin and protein C and even increased levels in protein S and tissue factor pathway inhibitor. As opposed to the low-dose HT group the reductions in inhibitors in the raloxifene group were smaller. Moreover in those allocated to raloxifene reduced levels of fibrinogen were seen. CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that the different HT regimens and raloxifene exert differential effects on coagulation factors, inhibitors and fibrinolytic factors.

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