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What should I keep in mind if I'm taking blood thinners?

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Any type of trauma is extremely dangerous if you�re taking a blood thinner.

If you get a dangerous bleeding problem while taking warfarin, doctors can use an "antidote" of Vitamin K or a combination of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) and fresh frozen plasma to stop it. In addition, approval has been given for using idarucizumab (Praxbind) in emergencies to reverse the anti-clotting effects of Pradaxa.

Other medicines and supplements, including over-the-counter ones, can interfere with these drugs. Tell all of your doctors, including your dentist, that you�re taking a blood thinner. Don�t start any new medicines without their OK.

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "What Are Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents?" Northwest Primary Care: "Helpful Tips for Those Taking Anticoagulant Medications." Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis." UpToDate: "Patient Information: Warfarin (Coumadin)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 20, 2019

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "What Are Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents?" Northwest Primary Care: "Helpful Tips for Those Taking Anticoagulant Medications." Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis." UpToDate: "Patient Information: Warfarin (Coumadin)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 20, 2019

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