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Could Smoking Affect How Blood Thinners Work
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
I am on blood thinners and have copd. I Have to quit smoking and I am having surgery. I have some unused patches that have exp date of July 2017.Is i?
Legal question: That's a good question for a lawyer. As a doctor, I can imagine a good pro and con answer. Certainly if your work doesn't involve anything physically challenging or potentially dangerous, there would be NO reason to deny your right to work. ...Read more
My father is having dental work done soon. He takes a blood thinner. To whom should he discuss it with, the dentist or his md?
Dentist first: The main criteria is- what kind of dental work? Not much of an issue for fillings. It’s mostly an issue for extractions, surgery, and perhaps periodontal (gum) treatment. The second criteria are concerns with any heart issues and not only blood thinning medications. It is important that your dad's dentist know his entire medical history and consult with his md. ...Read more
Yes: Hair loss of a variable degree can occur with warfarin (coumadin) use- it can range from thinning to major loss. Typically this is not common and hair regrwoth happens once the blood thinner is stopped. There are newer oral alternatives to warfarin which are available and their use can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
My dad has blood clot in his leg, and he won't take blood thinner, is there any way to fix the blood clot?
Not best approach.: Interventional procedures called thrombolysis can direct clot busting medications at the clot. However, anticoagulation with blood thinners after these procedures is a must. If your family member has concerns about bleeding then they should talk to their physician. Patients who cannot be treated with blood thinners may need to have an ivc filter placed to prevent pulmonary embolism. It does nothing to stop the formation of new clot however. ...Read more
Blood thinner is a colloquial term for anticoagulants that reduce the propensity of blood to clot.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Probably not: This question sounds like a bad idea. Blood thinners are potentially dangerous (bleeding is bad, right?) so any "natural" substance purporting to be a blood thinner could have unpredictable effects. Prescription medications at least are regulated and tested, and would probably be way more safe and reliable than any "natural" supplement you could find. ...Read more
Risky: The tattoo in being injected by the machine into your dermis and causes some disruption and bleeding. The thinner in your case may lead to more bleeding than expected which I believe will also make the artist have a harder time placing the tattoo and seeing where they are injecting. ...Read more
No: This is silly stuff made up by unscrupulous people who want to sound like they're trying to help you stay healthy. It's basically all totally made up. Nice people like you are reluctant to believe people would be so crooked. But they are. ...Read more
No: Most Excedrin formulations contain 250 mg aspirin, with Acetaminophen and caffeine. Aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events, is usually dosed at 81mg or 325 mg. The other ingredients are unnecessary and carry their own risks. Caffeine, in particular, may raise blood pressure. Aspirin has risks also. Make sure you really need it by discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor. ...Read more
Discuss with doctor: You should discuss any medication, herbals, over the counter drug etc that you intend to take, with your doctor, who prescribed Xeralto, before taking any. ...Read more
Affects platelets: Which may affect clot formation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: There is no significant clinical interaction between niacin and Xarelto. ...Read more
Reassurance: No it is not a problem taking these two medications together ...Read more
How come I didn't get my period since taking blood thinner medication. Almost 3months now on xarelto 20mg?
Complicated: Irregular periods are very common in women in there 40's. I assume if you have just started blood thinners then you recently had some new health problem. Stress, being sick can cause a later cycle. If pregnancy is a concern then take a test. This is important on a medication like warfarin. If you continue to miss menstrual cycles then discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
"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
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
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
Uncertain: There is very limited information. I was able to find 1 case report suggesting that garcinia prolonged the inr in a patient taking warfarin. No data on newer anticoagulants or anti-platelet agents. Since the exact contents of any "dietary supplement" preparation is not guaranteed, always be cautious when mixing supplements with potent medications like warfarin. ...Read more
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