Blood Thinner Side Effects
Patients using blood thinners may not know about the dangerous blood thinner side effects and interactions they cause. Blood thinners prevent blood from clotting whether the clotting is harmful or beneficial to the body. Patients who are taking blood thinners must be careful to follow their doctors prescribed dosage to avoid life threatening side effects.
Blood clots are caused from excess buildup of protein, yeast, bad cholesterol and free radical damage in the bloodstream. As the blood thickens with these toxins, it becomes difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. Blood vessels can also become blocked with clot-forming proteins. To prevent blood clots, doctors prescribe blood thinning medications or start their patients on a low dose of aspirin. Patients who are currently taking blood thinning medications need to be especially careful to follow all dosage instructions and pay close attention to their bodies for any reactions to the medication.
Dangerous Side Effects
One of the most dangerous blood thinner side effects is the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Patients taking blood thinners can increase their bleeding risk if they are not careful. Incorrect dosage, prolonged use, other drug interactions and allergic reactions can lead to life threatening conditions related to bleeding. The risk of bleeding is further increased if patients are taking more than one blood thinner at a time. Blood thinning medications most likely to cause blood thinner side effects are those made from chemicals. Warfarin, heparin and aspirin need to be monitored carefully by medical professionals.
Severe bleeding can become an issue even with the smallest cut. Blood thinning medications prevent the blood from clotting. Cuts no matter how tiny can bleed continuously without clotting. Those who have taken blood thinners for an extended period of time may be at risk of hemorrhaging. Hemorrhaging occurs when blood leaks from a broken vessel inside the body. The most dangerous blood hemorrhages take place in the brain, lungs, heart and other organs. Internal bleeding is not always easy to detect. In some cases, hemorrhaging is not identified until the blood begins escaping from the natural openings of the body. Patients who are taking blood thinners and are experiencing unnatural bleeding from the mouth, nose, ears, anus, vagina or small skin laceration should seek medical attention immediately. Patients taking blood thinners can lose large amounts of blood in a short time. This can have harmful and even fatal after-effects.
Other Side Effects
Although uncontrolled bleeding is the most serious of the blood thinner side effects, patients using blood thinning medications should monitor themselves frequently for other, less obvious blood thinner side effects that may occur. Patients using blood thinning medications may have chest pains, nausea, flu-like symptoms, hives or swelling of the face, mouth, throat, hands, legs and feet. Although aspirin is not a prescription drug, it can also increase the risk of these blood thinner side effects.