Low-Molecular-Weight Heparins for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Why It Is Used
Low-molecular-weight heparins can be used to treat a Reference deep vein thrombosis Opens New Window. When used to either prevent or treat a blood clot, they are given by injection just under the skin once or twice each day. Unlike with other forms of anticoagulants, periodic blood tests are usually not needed to monitor how well the medicines are working.
Two types of heparin are available for treatment of deep vein thrombosis. Reference Unfractionated heparin is given in the hospital. Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) can be self-injected at home, which usually is more convenient.
To treat deep vein thrombosis, you might start taking low-molecular-weight heparin and warfarin. Often both medicines are started at the same time, and then heparin is stopped after warfarin becomes effective. Some people may take low-molecular-weight heparin long-term instead of warfarin.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology