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Drugs to Treat Blood Clots in the Veins

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Drugs to Treat Blood Clots in the Veins
Low Molecular Weight Heparin
Clot Busters

If you have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, you will be treated with blood-thinning (anticoagulant) medication to stop the clot from growing and prevent new clots from forming. These same medications are also used to prevent DVT in women at high risk for blood clots (see Am I at Risk for DVT?). Click on any of the medications below to learn how they are used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins:

Because the body naturally breaks down and reabsorbs blood clots, blood thinners to prevent new clots are usually the only treatment necessary. However, some women may benefit from treatment with an additional type of medication called clot-busters (thrombolytics) to speed the breakdown of the clot. This may be necessary if you have a very large DVT, or if you have a large pulmonary embolism that is causing heart or breathing problems. Click here to learn more about how clot-busting drugs are used to treat DVT and PE.

See also: DVT and Pulmonary Embolism Treatment Overview

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