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The two classes of medication prescribed for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are blood thinners and clot busters. Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, work to treat DVT by lowering your blood's ability to clot, but will not break up existing clots. Clot busters, or thrombolytics, which can be delivered either through an IV drip or with a catheter directly on the clot, are often reserved for life-or-death situations because they can lead to internal or external bleeding.
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