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Can someone explain what does bleeding mean on blood thinners? think it has me afraid to do anything because i dont want to bleed. like am i just laying there and start bleeding internally? someone please help with this?

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Dr. Mark Owolabi answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Anticoagulant medications or “Blood thinners reduce the clotting ability of the body slightly. This may cause a greater tendency to bruise, or bleed after surgical procedures. Spontaneous bleeding is rare. If one is placed on these meds, it is usually because the benefit outweighs and possible risk of bleeding.

Answered 4/24/2022

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What "blood thinner" are you taking and why are you taking it? Talk to the doctor who prescribed the medication as s/he knows more about your health. You may be overestimating the risk of bleeding.

Answered 4/28/2022

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