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What's of a way to thin blood other than aspirin or coumadin (warfarin)?

Several others. There are two new anticoagulants on the market for prevention of stroke in the setting of atrial fibrillation, trade-named Pradaxa and xarelto. There are other antiplatelet drugs used in coronary artery disease, plavix, (clopidogrel) effient, and brillinta. Read more...
Injections. Besides the drugs that dr. Kaplan mentioned, there are also injections like heparin, the low molecular weight heparins, such as enoxaparin (lovenox), and fondaparinux (arixtra). Read more...

Can you tell me about the new way to thin blood other than aspirin or coumadin (warfarin)?

2 new drugs. The fda has approved 2 new drugs and more are on the way: Pradaxa (dabigatran) and xarelto (rivaroxaban). Key points: they're very expensive, don't require frequent blood samples for dosing, and they have no antidote if serious bleeding occurs. Pradaxa is taken twice a day, xarelto is once daily. If stopped abruptly, there is incr risk of clotting with both. Pradaxa can often cause stomach upset. Read more...
2 new drugs. Dr. Werner is absolutely right in his very nice summary. Although expensive, the two drugs he mentioned are still less expensive than the low molecular weight Heparin injections (like lovenox) and they can be taken by mouth. You also don't have to be careful about what you eat when you take them, as you do with coumadin (warfarin)., . Read more...
Pros and cons. Pros outweigh cons for most but not all pts 10% pts cannot tolerate the stomach upset of pradaxa. Both increase risk of intestinal bleeding compared with warfarin. Pradaxa increases bleeding overall on those older than 75 c/w warfarin. Both substantially reduce risk of brain bleeding. Pradaxa reduces stroke from atrial fibrillation more than warfarin. Both need dose reduction if kidneys impaired. Read more...
Fda approvals. Both new drugs are fda approved only for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. However both have evidence that they can prevent and treat blood clots such as deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Today however they are not fda approved for those uses. Read more...

On Coumadin (warfarin) for paroximal afib/tia in the past. Considering switching to palvix w/aspirin is this advisible? Is there a greater risk of bleeding?

It depends on . Your stoke risk....Bleeding risk are fairly equivalent ...But given history of TIA this gives you a chads2 score at least 2 so anticoagulantsation would be the recommendation. Read more...
Don't switch . If you have had atrial fibrillation and a tia, then you are at risk of stroke. Barring a strong contraindication, you really need to be on an oral anticoagulant--either warfarin or Eliquis or xarelto or pradaxa. Plavix/aspirin do decrease your risk of stroke a little but not nearly as much as an anticoagulant. Talk to your doctor about which anticoagulant is best. Read more...

Had provoked DVT. On Coumadin (warfarin) for 3 months. Last dose was last night. Told by dr to start baby aspirin daily. Do I start right away or wait a few days?

Start right away. Start right away. Hopefully this will be effective treatment to prevent recurrence for you. Recurrence is most frequent in the first three weeks after discontinuing anticoagulation so don't delay your ASA and monitor yourself for pain, swelling or changes in the affected leg. Read more...