Doctors have several ways to treat a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). The most common treatment is a drug called a blood thinner. Blood thinners are also called anticoagulants.
These drugs stop the clot from getting bigger. They also help prevent it from breaking off and moving to the lungs. And they prevent other clots from forming.
Blood thinners don’t break down the clot itself. The body does that over time.
These medicines can greatly increase the
risk of bleeding, so they are used only in very specific situations where the
risk of bleeding can be balanced against the risks of not dissolving the blood
clot rapidly. Thrombolytics may reduce the incidence of
post-thrombotic syndrome in people who are at high risk
for this condition.