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Anticoagulant (Overview)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process of solidifying the clot.


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What's circulating anticoagulant disorder ?

What's circulating anticoagulant disorder ?

A blood abnormality: It is a substance in the blood, usually an antibody, that interferes with the tests that analyze of ability of blood to clot. The most common is an anti-phospholipid antibody, or lupus anticoagulant, which actually makes clotting more likely. There are other antibodies that can make blood not clot (acquired hemophilia, etc.) drugs that prevent clotting are also "circulating" anticoagulants. ...Read more

Anticoagulant (Overview)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process of solidifying the clot.


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Can you please tell me what exactly is circulating anticoagulant disorder ?

See below: These are usually antibodies that your body produces to defeat clotting factors and may cause bleeding. Some, like the lupus anticoagulant, however, increase the risk of clotting, paradoxically. ...Read more

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Anticoagulant (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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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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I'm wondering why are anticoagulants lesser effective than anti-platelet aggregation drugs in arteries?

Anticoagulants: Complicated answer, there are different mechanisms for arterial vs venous clotting. Platelets more critical for arterial clotting. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take anticoagulants in pregnancy?

Yes: Anticoagulants carry a risk of bleeding. Usually there is a very good reason for taking anticoagulants in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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How do ions in the body effect anticoagulant medicine?

They don't: The common ions that are present in large quantities are sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium. These minerals do not affect anticoagulant medicine although they have very important effects on nerve and muscle function. ...Read more

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How long should it take for anticoagulants to leave your system?

Varies: Full dose aspirin: 3-5 days baby aspirin: 1-2 days plavix: 7 days. Coumadin: 5-7 days. Heparin: 2-3 hours. Lovemox: 12 hours. These are approximations. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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Had 2 uedvts. On warfarin for life now. What are the chances of getting another clot while on anticoagulants? I'm scared of stroke, pe, heart attack..

Had 2 uedvts. On warfarin for life now. What are the chances of getting another clot while on anticoagulants? I'm scared of stroke, pe, heart attack..

Hypercoagulable?: Did you get workup for hypercoagulable state? Abnormal clotting factors and blood proteins (protein s, protein c) may put you at lifelong risk for stroke and thrombosis. Coumadin (warfarin) is not a 100% protection (changes with diet or diarrhea etc, and you may need to stop Coumadin (warfarin) for pregnancy or surgeries). Worthwhile getting the full workup (hematology). ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Could an anticoagulant make a person wheeze?

Not usually: This would be a very unusual side effect of warfarin/coumadin or heparin. Your doctor should be looking for other causes/sources for wheezing. ...Read more

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Are there any household anticoagulants?

No.: There are no non-prescription anticoagulants. Aspirin is actually not an anticoagulant, but interferes with blood clotting by inhibiting platelets, a different component of coagulation. Anticoagulants should only be given under medical supervision as there are significant risks if taken inappropriately. ...Read 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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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

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 ...Read more