Blood Clot Treatment
Last updated October 26, 2022
The prevention and treatment of blood clots primarily involves the use of anticoagulant medications or, as they are commonly referred to, “blood thinners.” While these medications do not actually “thin” the blood, they do slow the body’s ability to form new clots and keep existing clots from getting bigger.
Blood thinners are often administered in the hospital, particularly during the first 5 to 10 days following diagnosis, considered the most serious or acute phase of the condition. However, blood thinners may be initially prescribed for home use in individuals with suitable risk profiles. For many patients, at-home treatment with blood thinners may continue for weeks, months, or years following hospitalization to prevent clots from returning.
Follow-up care with blood thinners is a crucial part of your treatment. Be sure to always take your medication as prescribed, go to all appointments, and stay in regular communication with your healthcare provider. Always let your doctor know if you experience any blood clot symptoms and/or potential medication side effects. It’s also a good idea to know your test results throughout your treatment and provide your doctor with a list of the medicines you take to help monitor possible drug interactions. Likewise, be sure to ask any questions or discuss all of your concerns during your physician visits.
The following is an overview of the various categories of blood thinners and other treatments that should supplement the information provided by your doctor:
Anticoagulation Medications or Blood Thinners
The most commonly prescribed blood thinners are unfractionated heparin, low molecular weight heparin, warfarin, and direct oral anticoagulants. Click on the following links for information about each blood thinner:
- Unfractionated Heparin (UFH)
- Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH)
- Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Medications
- Study Results Demonstrate VTE Treatment Satisfaction Among Patients
Taking an anticoagulant may pose financial challenges. Several pharmaceutical companies have financial assistance programs to help patients cover the cost of medication.
- Janssen: If you are prescribed Xarelto, Janssen CarePath is a financial assistance program that aids patients in finding the resources that they need to stay on track for their treatment. This program helps patients who have commercial insurance, government coverage, and the uninsured.
- Janssen is expanding their Patient Access and Affordability Programs to hep patients facing access and/or affordability issues due to limited or restricted insurance benefit design. Learn more.
- Eliquis: If you are prescribed Eliquis, Eliquis 360 Support is a program that helps patients understand their prescription coverage and learn about ways to save on out-of-pocket costs.
- Savaysa: Savaysa helps eligible patients who are not enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription benefit program (such as Medicare Part D or Medicaid) pay as little as $4 a month with their savings card. Eligibility for this program varies.
- Pradaxa: Pradaxa has a savings card for patients who are currently taking this prescription, or who have just received a prescription. This program helps patients who have commercial insurance, government coverage, and the uninsured.
- Patient Advocate Foundation: This organization has a patient financial resources directory that contains a list of potential organizations that provide financial assistance, including copayment and medication assistance, to patients with a variety of conditions. Eligibility for these programs vary.
In addition to blood thinners, you may require other interventions, including: surgical procedures, implantable devices, or other medications and products. Click on the following links for more information about these treatments: