Five Tips for Patients Taking Blood Thinners

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Five Tips for Patients Taking Blood Thinners

Blood thinners like Xarelto and Pradaxa are prescription medications indicated for the prevention of blood clots. Patients that have suffered heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiac events might be prescribed a blood thinner. These medications are also used with some patients after surgery to reduce the risk of the formation of blood clots.

As with any medication, there are risks and benefits associated with using the medication. With Xarelto and Pradaxa, some patients have reported cases of excessive bleeding and other adverse health conditions that can be life-threatening. Thousands of Pradaxa and Xarelto lawsuits have been filed to date against the drug manufacturer alleging damages caused by using the drug.

Precautions for Patients Using Blood Thinners

Before taking an anticoagulant, you need to discuss the potential side effects with your physician. You should also discuss foods, activities, medications, and other things that you should avoid while using the medication. Some of the things you should talk to your doctor about if you are using an anticoagulant include:

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin can increase your risk for internal bleeding if you take the NSAIDS while taking a blood thinner. Even a single dose of an NSAID can significantly increase your risk of excessive bleeding. Instead, discuss safe alternatives for pain and fever relief with your physician.

  • Vitamin K Rich Foods

Vitamin K rich foods, like kale, spinach, and brussel sprouts, are generally not advised in large amounts for patients taking blood thinners, especially warfarin (i.e. Coumadin). Vitamin K is used to counteract the blood thinner. Therefore, eating foods that are rich in Vitamin K can reduce the effectiveness of the blood thinner. However, you should not eliminate all Vitamin K from your diet unless directed by your physician. Discuss the matter with your physician to determine the safe serving sizes and frequencies for foods containing Vitamin K.

  • Alcohol

Binge drinking while taking any medication can be dangerous. You may not need to eliminate alcohol from your diet completely, but you should drink in moderation and discuss alcohol with your doctor. One risk of drinking while taking blood thinners like Xarelto or Pradaxa is the risk of falling. If you consume an abundance of alcohol, you could increase your risk of falling. If you fall, you could experience internal bleeding that might be life-threatening.

  • Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit juice can interfere with the effectiveness of many medications, including blood thinners. Potassium and Vitamin C, both of which are abundant in grapefruits, can reduce the effectiveness of anticoagulation medications like blood thinners. If you love grapefruits, discuss the matter with your doctor to determine if there is a safe amount to consume while using blood thinners.

  • Sports and Recreational Activities

One of the risks of taking blood thinners is the increased chance of excessive bleeding and internal bleeding. Contact sports and some recreational activities can increase your risk of internal bleeding if you are taking a blood thinner, including Pradaxa and Xarelto. You should not avoid all physical activities and exercise. You can discuss safe alternatives with your doctor such as walking, swimming, and tennis.

For more information about what to avoid while taking Pradaxa and Xarelto, you can speak with your doctor or pharmacist. You may also find additional information on the WebMD website.

Have You Been Injured While Taking a Blood Thinner?

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