(Deep vein thrombosis)

About DVT

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. If the vein swells, the condition is called thrombophlebitis. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a serious problem in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism.

Sitting still for a long time can make you more likely to get a DVT. Some medicines and disorders that increase your risk for blood clots can also lead to DVTs. Common symptoms are

  • Warmth and tenderness over the vein
  • Pain or swelling in the part of the body affected
  • Skin redness

Treatment includes medicines to ease pain and inflammation, break up clots and keep new clots from forming. Keeping the affected area raised and applying moist heat can also help. If you are taking a long car or plane trip, take a break, walk or stretch your legs and drink plenty of liquids.

  • Also known as
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Venous thrombosis

Top Medications for DVT according to our users

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All Medications for DVT

  • Anticoagulant > Vitamin K antagonist

  • Anticoagulant > Heparin

    • Heparin
      Prescription only

      Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Lovenox
      Prescription only

      Lovenox (Enoxaparin) is a good anticoagulant that reduces the risk of death or bleeding, and blood clots are less likely to happen. However, it is only available as an injection which isn't great if you're afraid of needles.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Anticoagulant > Factor Xa inhibitor

    • Xarelto
      Prescription only

      Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticoagulant > Anti-platelet

  • Pain reliever > Salicylate

Medication side effects for DVT

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for haemorrhage.

  • Xarelto: 4%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have haemorrhage

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have haemorrhage

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