Circulatory Disorders

Circulatory disorders impair the flow of blood throughout the body. Circulatory drugs are used to restore and maintain circulation. There are four groups of circulatory drugs.

1. Anticoagulants and antiplatelets (antithrombotics). Anticoagulants and anti-platelets prevent platelets from clumping together and lower the risk that a patient will develop blood clots.

2. Thrombolytics. Thrombolytics are sometimes called clot busters because they attack and dissolve blood clots that have already formed.

3. Antilipemics. Antilipemics decrease blood lipid concentrations.

4. Peripheral vasodilators. Peripheral vasodilators dilate vessels narrowed by vasospasm.

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