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Dr. Boris Aronzon
533 Doctors shared insights

Blood Thinners (Overview)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction proteins (heparins, enoxaparin, etc.).


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What are blood thinners and who usually takes them?

What are blood thinners and who usually takes them?

Actually-NoSuchAgent: "Thinners" = an untruth, long promoted. These agents inhibit clot formation, are Rx'ed because of evidence/concern of forming clots inside blood vessels, not just at blood vessel breaks, thus ↑ing any bleeding problems. None thin blood; blood viscosity does not change. Can blood be "thinned"? Yes, become anemic (Red Blood Cell stickiness main basis for blood viscosity), but anemia is not healthy. ...Read more

Dr. Boris Aronzon
533 Doctors shared insights

Blood Thinners (Overview)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction proteins (heparins, enoxaparin, etc.).


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What could happen from an overdose of blood thinner?

What could happen from an overdose of blood thinner?

Bleeding: If you are referring to warfarin, it can cause severe bleeding. If aspirin, bleeding and kidney problems. Be very careful with all blood thinners. One needs to be monitored for symptoms and signs of bleeding. If there are concerns, contact your provider. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Green tea & blood thinner interactions: green tea can reduce effect of warfarin. Be careful! ...See more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Does someone need to be prescribed a blood thinner following an endarterectomy?

Does someone need to be prescribed a blood thinner following an endarterectomy?

Maybe: It depends on the individual patient. Some people are very bad candidates for blood thinners because they have a history of ulcers, bleeds in the brain, etc. This choice should be discussed with the surgeon that does the endarterectomy. ...Read more

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Any prescribed blood thinner does not wear down a blood clot in the majority of cases. Care to reply?

Any prescribed blood thinner does not wear down a blood clot in the majority of cases. Care to reply?

Body does it: There are 'clot dissolving' drugs which directly break up clots, but most traditional 'blood thinners' simply prevent additonal clot being laid down, while the body's natural defenses dissolve existing clot. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Always know when your next blood test is scheduled. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Why will ambulance workers wait until they get to the hospital to use blood thinners on heart attack patients?

Why will ambulance workers wait until they get to the hospital to use blood thinners on heart attack patients?

Blood thinners: Blood thinners like Aspirin can be give. By ambulance workers. But tpa, (alteplase) Heparin are to be given under dr supervision. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
Daily
See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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Could smoking affect how blood thinners work?

Could smoking affect how blood thinners work?

Doubt but...: There is no interaction between nicotine patches, gums, inhalers and warfarin. But remember that smoking has a vasoconstrictor effect in all organs promoting angina or worsening arterial disease. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Daily taking of medication to thin blood, control bp, lower cholesterol, light exercise. ...See more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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Does the drug clopidogrel, blood thinner have side effect of making the brain hemmorhage if you take it for a long time?

Yes: Clopidogrel and any blood thinner always caries a risk of any kind of hemmorhage but generally the risk is low and less than the risk of a problem that the clopidogrel is trying to prevent. However in my career I have seen 2 or 3 cases of bone marrow failure in patients who have taken clopidogrel for a long period of time. ...Read more

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How long do one shot of blood thinner stay in your system?

I assume: You mean enoxaparin? It has a half life of 4.5 hours. In order to completely eliminate a drug, 5 half lives have to pass. This means 5x4.5, or 22.5 hours. Almost a day. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Elden Rand Dr. Rand
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Blood thinners (Tip)

Chemicals in tobacco smoke damage the inside layer of blood vessels, leading to heart attacks. ...See more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
once
Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
once
If male, schedule a prostate exam
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How long does naproxen last as a blood thinner?

How long does naproxen last as a blood thinner?

About 24 hours: Naproxen is the brand name for naprosyn (naproxen) a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. It reversibly inactivates new platlets for about 24 hours. This means the blood is "thinned" or less likely to clot during that 24 hours. Aspirin alternatively irreversibly inactivates platlets so they are less sticky for about 7 days. In both cases these are generalizations that differ person to person. ...Read more

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Re stopping pradaxa: how many days in advance my scheduled x-stop spacer implant back surgery should I stop taking this blood thinner? I take a 150mg capsule twice a day. I started this prescription on 11/17/2012 and prior to that I took 7.5mg Coumadin

Re stopping pradaxa: how many days in advance my scheduled x-stop spacer implant back surgery should I stop taking this blood thinner? I take a 150mg capsule twice a day. I started this prescription on 11/17/2012 and prior to that I took 7.5mg Coumadin

A week: For aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel) or non-steroidal anti- inflammatory use recommendation is 7 days preop. When on warfarin, when INR normalizes. For this drug, INR is not affected so one should use same guidelines as Plavix (clopidogrel) which is 7 days according to manufacturer. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Know/control your blood pressure! Know/control your blood pressure! Know/control your blood pressure! ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Is gabatrol a blood thinner?

Is gabatrol a blood thinner?

"Thinner"=Misleading: Blood viscosity=primarily due to surface adhesiveness of red blood cells. Blood viscosity is ↓ed in anemia (RBCs farther apart), but is not healthy. All the agents commonly referred to as "thinners" either inhibit blood clotting or stimulate blood clot destruction proteins. Thus all=anti-clotting agents (do not reduce blood viscosity), are recommended to ↓ clots inside blood vessels & ↑ bleeding. ...Read more

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Is malaxican a blood thinner?

Meloxicam?: No, Meloxicam is a pain killer in the group of medications known as nsaids. Ibuprofen is another example of this type of medication. Meloxicam is supposed to be gentler on the stomach than the other nsaids, however, it can irritate the stomach and cause bleeding. Perhaps that is why you are thinking of it as a blood thinner. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

What ways can I control my blood pressure? ...See more

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Is watson 349 a blood thinner?

Watson 349: Watson 349 pill - acetaminophen/hydrocodone 500 mg / 5 mg, neither component of this pill is a blood thinner. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Controlling blood pressure is very important. Check it at home and keep it in check. ...See more

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Is diethtylproprion a type of blood thinner?

Diethy propion: No. It is not a blood thinner. Diethylpropion is used along with a doctor-approved, reduced-calorie diet, exercise, and behavior change program to help you lose weight. It is used in people who are significantly overweight (obese) and have not been able to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone. ...Read more

Dr. James Gagne Dr. Gagne
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Blood thinners (Tip)

1. Control high blood pressure. 2. Rehab intensively, lots of exercise/stretching within tolerance. ...See more

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What could happen from an overdose of blood thinner?

Bleeding: If you are referring to warfarin, it can cause severe bleeding. If aspirin, bleeding and kidney problems. Be very careful with all blood thinners. One needs to be monitored for symptoms and signs of bleeding. If there are concerns, contact your provider. ...Read more

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Is wine a blood thinner?

No but: It is associated with a lower risk of heart disease if taken regularly in moderation. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Moore Dr. Moore
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Blood thinners (Tip)

Eat less, exercise more, sleep well, don't smoke, keep blood pressure down, and take your medication. ...See more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Treat high blood pressure to lower the risk of stroke. ...See more

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Is warfarin a blood thinner?

Is warfarin a blood thinner?

Yes: Coumadin (warfarin) is routinely used as a chronic blood thinner. It works by inhibiting several coagulation factors (factors ii, vii, ix, and x) as well as anticoagulating factors (proteins c and s). Patients are typically "bridged" to Coumadin with another blood thinner like heparin. ...Read more