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How do blood thinners affect the clotting process?

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Medicines called blood thinners make it hard for your body to make clotting factors, or they prevent proteins in the clot-forming process from working. Here are a few:

  • Apixaban (Eliquis)
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Edoxaban (Savaysa)
  • Heparin
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)

From: Blood Clots WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "How Blood Clots."

World Federation of Hemophilia: "The clotting process."

American Stroke Association: "Anti-Clotting Agents Explained."

Lipe, B. , Oct. 4, 2011. Circulation

Furie, B. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Hoffman, R. , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Fiumara, K. , 2009. Circulation

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "How Blood Clots."

World Federation of Hemophilia: "The clotting process."

American Stroke Association: "Anti-Clotting Agents Explained."

Lipe, B. , Oct. 4, 2011. Circulation

Furie, B. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Hoffman, R. , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Fiumara, K. , 2009. Circulation

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 9, 2018

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