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Many people take blood thinners to prevent the formation of blood clots and stroke. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm or heart rhythm disorder) then, in this case, your doctor may also recommend taking blood thinners. Your body creates clots to stop the excess bleeding but in several conditions, it can be fatal for you. In such conditions, blood thinners work as life savior. However, there are some important things to keep in mind if you take any blood thinners.
1.Be careful Mixing Medications:
Always talk to your doctor before you combine any medicines. Because some antibiotics and anti-fungal medications can make blood thinners more effective and this increases the risk of bleeding.
2.Don’t Double Up On Doses:
If you ever miss your dose then consult with your doctor and ask what you should do. But never take any action on your own especially when you accidentally miss a dose of your blood thinner.
3.Never Skip A Dose:
Always take your medications as directed by your doctor. If you think you can’t make it on time then set a reminder but never skip a dose of your blood thinner. In fact, now there are many Apps in which you can add your medical history and it will give you a regular reminder to take your medicines on time.
4.Wear Gloves While Using Sharp Objects:
Don’t forget you’re using these pills to help to thin your blood. So, take great care of yourself while using sharp objects like scissors, knife, and gardening tools. A little cut is going to bleed a lot on these medications, so it is best to wear gloves when you use such objects.
5.Use Soft Toothbrush:
Take special care of your oral hygiene. Use a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss to clean your teeth. Don’t brush vigorously, in fact, move your brush gently over your teeth. Try your best to avoid bleeding in your gums.
If you ever fall or get hit hard, immediately call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital. Even if there’s no bleeding, you still need to be examined.