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Does Alcohol Act As A Blood Thinner
To a degree: Alcohol is noted to be a mild anticoagulant, making the platelets somewhat less likely to "stick together" by various means. If excessive alcohol intake results in decreased liver function, then the blood will also not clot well because the liver can't make certain blood clotting factors as it should. ...Read more
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
My wife is scheduled for a face lift in one week. If she took lithium would it act as a blood thinner which she is told to avoid she takes lithium on occassion to reduce pain in neck muscles. The lithium seems to reduce the pain after a few days. She was
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I am on one of the new anticoagulants and am wondering if binge drinking will increase my risk of haemorrhagic stroke being as alcohol is also a blood?
Binge drinking: yes it is a high risk life style ...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
Prevents clots: Blood thinners are any medications that inhibit steps in the pathway that leads to clotting. Aspirin and plavix, (clopidogrel) for example, inhibit platelet cells in the bloodstream from clumping together. Coumadin (warfarin) thins the blood by inhibiting the proteins in the blood that lead to deposition of fibrin, which makes up the bulk of clot material. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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