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Are there other good drugs, natural or otherwise that are good to prevent dvts and pe when on long flights besides aspirin?
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Dr. Robert Roth
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although it is rare to need medications during long flights, the only medications that have been proven to be effective are prescription anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Aspirin and non-prescription, natural remedies have not been shown to be effective. If you have a medical condition that increases your risk, your physician can determine if you need a blood thinner before flying.

In brief: Yes
Although it is rare to need medications during long flights, the only medications that have been proven to be effective are prescription anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Aspirin and non-prescription, natural remedies have not been shown to be effective. If you have a medical condition that increases your risk, your physician can determine if you need a blood thinner before flying.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Actually, a research study published in Angiology in 2003 showed a combination of nattokinase & pycogenol to be highly effective. 7 of 92 subjects receiving placebo developed thrombosis after a long flight, while none who took the natural combination developed thrombosis. See http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/sites/default/files//webfm-uploads/documents/outreach/im/ss_nattokinase.pdf
Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
agree with dr. Randy Baker. if you are at high risk for DVT, you should wiggle your toes ,get up and walk every 2-3 hours during your flight. And if you require to take medications to prevent DVT during long flights, you should be on long term anticoagulation. Now a days oral medications are available in the pill form to treat and prevent DVT and monitoring with regular blood test is not required
Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
In brief: A few things to do
As dr. Roth said, there are only approved blood thinners that can be used.
Short of that though, stay well-hydrated, walk around, avoid alcohol use, do leg, ankle and foot movement exercises against some kind of resistance, and use graduated compression stockings (not teds) on long flights, as dr. Baker mentioned.

In brief: A few things to do
As dr. Roth said, there are only approved blood thinners that can be used.
Short of that though, stay well-hydrated, walk around, avoid alcohol use, do leg, ankle and foot movement exercises against some kind of resistance, and use graduated compression stockings (not teds) on long flights, as dr. Baker mentioned.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
In brief: Yes
There are many natural blood-thinners, including vitamin e, fish oil & curcumin.
The best alternatives to Aspirin are enzymes such as nattokinase, lumbrokinase and proteolytic enzymes like wobenzym & vitalzym. Pharmaceuticals like Coumadin (warfarin) & Heparin can prevent dvt's too. Moving/stretching your legs frequently & staying well-hydrated are also key measures in preventing clots on long flights.

In brief: Yes
There are many natural blood-thinners, including vitamin e, fish oil & curcumin.
The best alternatives to Aspirin are enzymes such as nattokinase, lumbrokinase and proteolytic enzymes like wobenzym & vitalzym. Pharmaceuticals like Coumadin (warfarin) & Heparin can prevent dvt's too. Moving/stretching your legs frequently & staying well-hydrated are also key measures in preventing clots on long flights.
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