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anticoagulant

Substance that prevents blood clot formation. aka blood thinners

heparin, HepLock; warfarin, coumadin

antihemorrhagic

Substance that prevents or stops hemorrhaging; a hemostatic agent.

aminocaproic acid, Amicar; vitamin K

antiplatelet agents

Substance that interferes with the action of platelets. Prolongs bleeding time. Used to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

clopidogrel, Plavix; ticlopidine, Ticlid

hematinic

Substance that increases the number of RBC's or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood.

epoetin alfa, Procrit; darbepoetin alfa, Aranesp

thrombolytic

Term meaning able to dissolve existing blood clots.

alteplase, Activase; streptokinase, Streptase

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