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Blood thinners are medicines that help prevent blood clots. Because they prevent clots, they also help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other problems caused by blood clots. But blood thinners can also raise the risk of serious bleeding. So it's important to know how to take them safely.
This information is for people who take all blood thinner medicinesexcept warfarin. There are some extra steps to take if you use warfarin.
These steps can help you take blood thinners safely.
Taking certain medicines along with a blood thinner can cause bleeding. It also can change how well your medicines work.
Talk with your doctor about whether you need to stop taking your blood thinner for a short time before any surgery or medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to start taking your medicine again.
These are bracelets, pendants, or charms that let others know you take a blood thinner.
You and your doctor will decide what medicines are safe.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:
Call your doctor now or seek medical care right away if:
Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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