Lung and respiratory problems

Pulmonary embolism

(Blood clot in the lung)

  • Also known as
  • PE

About Pulmonary embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The cause is usually a blood clot in the leg called a deep vein thrombosis that breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lung. Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can cause

  • Permanent damage to the affected lung
  • Low oxygen levels in your blood
  • Damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen

If a clot is large, or if there are many clots, pulmonary embolism can cause death.

Half the people who have pulmonary embolism have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood.

Symptoms of Pulmonary embolism
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Warmth, swelling, or redness of one leg

Top Medications for Pulmonary embolism according to our users

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All Medications for Pulmonary embolism

  • 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
  • Anticoagulant > Thrombin inhibitor

    • Pradaxa
      (Dabigatran)
      Prescription only

      Pradaxa (Dabigatran) 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 > Factor Xa inhibitor

    • Eliquis
      (Apixaban)
      Prescription only

      Eliquis (Apixaban) is an easy to use and effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Xarelto
      (Rivaroxaban)
      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

Medication side effects for Pulmonary embolism

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

  • Pradaxa: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have gastrointestinal haemorrhage

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have gastrointestinal haemorrhage

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Pulmonary embolism

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Listen to your doctor and follow their advice. This is a treatable condition.
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Staying relatively consistent with your daily habits/patterns