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Blood Thinners Other Than Warfarin: Taking Them Safely

Blood thinners are medicines that help prevent blood clots. Al though they are called blood thinners, they don't really thin the blood. They slow down the time it takes for a blood clot to form.

You have to be careful when you take blood thinner medicines. They can raise the risk of serious bleeding. But you can do some simple things to help prevent problems.

This Actionset is about all blood thinner medicines exceptwarfarin (Coumadin). There are some extra steps you have to take if you take warfarin. To learn more, see actionset.gif Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely.

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  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2010). Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely (AHRQ Publication No. 09-0086-C). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available online: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/btpills.htm.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
Last RevisedFebruary 5, 2013

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Last Updated: February 05, 2013
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