Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot forms in the ‘deep veins’ of the body and usually occurs in the legs. Treatment for deep vein thrombosis usually focuses on preventing the blood clot from getting worse or larger. To do this there are several deep vein thrombosis medications available.
Common Deep Vein Thrombosis Medications
Blood thinners, or anticoagulant medications, will help to lower the risk of more blood clotting. However, this type of treatment will not get rid of the blood clot that you already have.
These medications are available in the form of pills or injections. You should talk to your doctor about which type could be prescribed for your specific case of deep vein thrombosis.
Several common types of blood thinners in the US include Lovenox (enoxaparin), Fragmin (dalteparin), Arixtra (fondaparinux), Coumadin (warfarin), and Xarelto (rivaroxaban).
Side effects of taking blood thinners may include an increased risk of bleeding. Therefore, it is important to take this type of medication exactly as your doctor directs.
Clotbusters, or thrombolytics, are usually prescribed if blood thinners are not working well as deep vein thrombosis medications.
If a blood clot reaches a dangerous level, clotbusters can help to break them up. A doctor can administer thrombolytics through the vein (IV), or through a catheter. It is important to always have a trained healthcare professional perform the injection or procedure.
Only use thrombolytics in serious and immediate response situations as they can cause severe bleeding.
Furthermore, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether these medications will work for you and your case of deep vein thrombosis. Together, you can determine which deep vein thrombosis medications are the most appropriate. Similarly, your doctor can decide if you require another type of treatment, such as surgery.
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