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When should you call your doctor about using blood thinners?

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Let your doctor know right away if you notice any signs of unusual bleeding, like:

  • Heavier-than-normal menstrual periods
  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Bleeding from your gums or nose
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Dizziness
  • Weaknesses
  • A severe headache or stomach ache If you take an anticoagulant like warfarin or heparin, you'll need regular blood tests so your doctor can adjust your levels if needed. Ask him about other steps you should take to stay safe while you're on this medication. Be careful with activities that can lead to head injuries.

From: Blood Thinner Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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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