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Clot buster drugs, or thrombolytic therapy, are a type of heartmedication given in the hospital through the veins (intravenous) to break up blood clots. Heart attack (caused by a blood clot in a coronary artery) and ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in an artery in the brain) are the two main conditions for which clot busters are used.

These powerful heart disease drugs are given:

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  • To prevent the ongoing damage of heart attacks.
  • To prevent ongoing damage from ischemic stroke.
  • To break up blood clots in other blood vessels in the body.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack and call for emergency help (9-1-1 in most areas) right away if you or someone you are with is experiencing them. The faster you receive treatment with thrombolytic therapy (if appropriate), the quicker blood flow will be restored to the area and the greater the chance to prevent long-term damage, or even death.

There are several drugs that have been developed to break up clots, such as:

  • Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA)
  • Tenecteplase
  • Alteplase
  • Urokinase
  • Reteplase
  • Streptokinase

Who Shouldn't Take Clot Busters?

Some people aren't able to take clot busters. Please tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

Should I Be Concerned About Food and Drug Interactions With Clot Busters?

Certain drugs may increase your risk of bleeding if you are prescribed clot busters. Tell your doctor the names of all the medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal medications, supplements, or vitamins you are taking. Examples of these medications include:

Also tell the doctor if you have received any clot busters in the past six months. Some thrombolytic medications cannot be given a second time within a six-month period.

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