Many prescription and nonprescription medicines may reduce your blood's ability to clot and cause bruising or bleeding under the skin. A few examples are:
Blood-thinning medicines (anticoagulants), such as aspirin, warfarin (such as Coumadin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), or clopidogrel (Plavix). Also, taking a nonprescription medicine with an anticoagulant may increase your risk of bruising and bleeding.
If you have unexplained bruises and take one of the medicines listed above, have recently started taking a new medicine, or have increased a dose of a medicine:
Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine. He or she can determine whether you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may or may not be needed.
If you are taking nonprescription medicine, stop taking the medicine. Call your doctor if you feel you need to keep taking the medicine or if you need help to control your symptoms after you stop taking the medicine
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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