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Safe Use of Anticoagulants

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about anticoagulants?

Anticoagulants are medicines used to treat or prevent blood clots by thinning your blood. These medicines can be used to treat conditions such as pulmonary embolism or venous thrombosis. The medicines may be used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots after surgery or long-term bedrest.

How do I safely take anticoagulants?

What are the risks of taking anticoagulants?

Too much anticoagulant medicine may be life-threatening. You may have excessive bleeding or kidney or liver damage. If you skip doses or do not take your medicine, you increase your risk for blood clots. Blood clots can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other health conditions.

What safety measures do I need to follow?

Tell all of your healthcare providers that you are taking anticoagulants. Keep a current list of medicines and their dosages with you at all times.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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