Which medications are used to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2020
  • Author: Vera A De Palo, MD, MBA, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Answer

Thromboprophylaxis reduces the incidence of DVT and fatal PE and may be achieved by pharmacologic or mechanical means. Medications used for prevention of thromboembolism include the following:

  • Unfractionated heparin
  • LMWH
  • Danaparoid
  • Warfarin
  • Direct oral anticoagulants
  • Aspirin

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