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How does warfarin treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Warfarin is a blood thinner, the type of medication most often used to treat DVT. You take warfarin by pill once a day, starting while you're still on another drug called heparin, and then usually for several months or more. You'll need regular blood tests to make sure you've got the right amount in your system. It can also interact with other medicines, vitamins, and foods with a lot of vitamin K.

Let your doctor know if you're pregnant, because warfarin can cause birth defects. You'll have to take something else.

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

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