Spinal Cord Hemorrhage Medication

Updated: Mar 11, 2014
  • Author: Richard M Zweifler, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The goal of pharmacotherapy is to inhibit the effect of anticoagulants in patients taking such medications. Attempts to treat spinal cord swelling (edema) with mannitol or corticosteroids have not been tested in randomized, double-blind studies. If spinal cord trauma can be taken as a situation similar to cord compression, high-dose corticosteroids may be beneficial.


Antidotes (blood modifiers)

Class Summary

Anticoagulated patients may require a blood modifier.


Neutralizes heparin effects by forming a salt.

Phytonadione (AquaMEPHYTON, Mephyton, Vitamin K)

Promotes liver synthesis of clotting factors that in turn inhibit warfarin effects.