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Treating DVT and/or PE, and preventing recurrence

If you are diagnosed with a VTE, or are at risk from recurrent VTE, you may be prescribed an anticoagulant.

Anticoagulants are drugs that work by increasing the time it takes your blood to clot. They are used to treat and prevent recurrence of VTE by stopping the clot from getting bigger and helping the body remove it naturally. They also help stop new clots from forming.

The main risk of taking any anticoagulant is bleeding – by increasing the time it takes your blood to clot you are more at risk of having a bleed. Your healthcare team would be able to provide you with more information about diagnosis, care and treatment options. Always take your medicines as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions about your condition or your medicines, you should speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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Reference information

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