Selected Anticoagulants (Vitamin K antagonists)/Allopurinol Interactions
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Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
When these two medicines are taken together, the effects of your blood thinning medicine may increase.
What might happen:
You may experience an increased chance for bleeding including bleeding from your gums, nosebleeds, unusual bruising, or dark stools.
What you should do about this interaction:
Contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) about taking these two medicines together. They may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. If your doctor prescribes these medicines together, it may be necessary to check your bleeding times more often. If you experience signs of bleeding or bruising, contact your doctor. The dose of your blood-thinner may need adjusting. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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