Our go-to method for treating any vein condition is prescription-strength compression stockings. When worn properly, compression stockings improve overall blood flow through the legs. Additionally, they’ll help reduce the formation of blood clots and blood pooling.
Anticoagulant medication is the other most commonly prescribed treatment for DVT. It should be noted that these prescriptions do not break up blood clots, but they do prevent more blood clots from forming. Additionally, blood thinners will help prevent the growth of existing blood clots.
Typically, we prescribe blood thinners to be taken orally. However, if your doctor recommends it, certain blood thinners can be given through an IV. Depending on your condition, these prescriptions may be combined so you can see the best results.
Typical Blood Thinner Medications
- Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- Fondaparinux (Arixtra)
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
- Apixaban (Eliquis)
- Edoxaban (Savaysa)
Clot Busters (Thrombolytics)
If you have a more serious blockage from DVT, your doctor might prescribe treatment with one of these drugs. Especially if other drugs are not proving to be effective. These prescriptions are only used in extreme cases of blood clotting as they do cause serious bleeding due to their anti-coagulating nature.
These drugs are typically administered via IV or catheter, directly to the blood clot.