What is an anticoagulant?

An anticoagulant is a medication that helps to prevent clots from forming in your blood. This type of medication is often taken as a pill, but it is
sometimes given as an injection (shot).

Anticoagulant injections, such as Lovenox or Arixtra, might take the place of anticoagulant pills or be added to them.
An anticoagulant (anti means against, and coagulant refers to blood clotting) or "blood thinner" helps reduce the risk of clots forming in the blood. Your physician will give you an anticoagulant if he/she has determined that you have a medical condition that requires treatment with a medication to prevent your blood from forming blood clots when it shouldn't. This treatment is called anticoagulation.

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