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What do doctors prescribe to treat deep vein thrombosis?

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Your doctor will usually give you a shot first because it works faster. Then you'll probably take blood thinner pills for at least three months. (Pregnant women will keep taking shots at home.) Some people need blood thinners for the rest of their lives. Many doctors prescribe warfarin (Coumadin) because it's much less expensive, and doctors have used it for a long time. But you'll need to get your blood tested often to make sure the dose is correct. The drug also doesn't work right with many foods and other medicines.

From: What You Can Do About DVT WebMD Medical Reference

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Charles Cutler, MD, chairman, American College of Physicians’ board of regents; internist, Norristown, PA.

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

FDA: "Generic Enoxaparin Questions and Answers."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Charles Cutler, MD, chairman, American College of Physicians’ board of regents; internist, Norristown, PA.

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

FDA: "Generic Enoxaparin Questions and Answers."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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