Blood Thinner Medications

 

Patients who are taking prescription blood thinner medications are not always aware how they are made or how they work. Prescription blood thinner medications can be dangerous if taken at improper dosages. The side effects of prescription blood thinner medications have led many doctors to recommend supplements and all-natural products to thin the blood.

Prescription Drugs

 

There are many different brand names of prescription blood thinner medications. Some of the most widely recognized prescription drugs are Coumadin, Clexane, Angiox and Plavix. These prescription drugs are made from chemicals that have blood thinning effects. Patients taking prescription blood thinner medications might recognize the chemical names Warfarin and Heparin, but they may have never heard of Thromboxane or Salicylate. These chemicals can have harsh side effects. Some have even been known to cause death. For this reason, many doctors are starting to recommend healthier, more natural options.

 

Chemicals

 

Blood can thicken as a result of plaque-like debris, mucus, protein, bad cholesterol, yeast and free-radical damaged cells in the bloodstream. This debris is, principally, caused by improper diet and failure to exercise. In addition to the blood thickening, arteries will also become blocked. Patients with clogged or blocked arteries are at risk of heart disease, blood clots, heart attack, stroke and other life threatening health conditions.

 

Coumadin

Coumadin is one of the most widely prescribed blood thinners. Coumadin, also known as Warfarin, thins the blood so that it may pass through clogged arteries as well as inhibiting clotting agents from forming. Warfarin is a powerful chemical; if not dosed properly, it can cause serious, even fatal bleeding. Warfarin has also been known to cause uncontrolled bleeding, necrosis, purple toe syndrome and osteoporosis.  Patients who are taking blood thinner medications containing Warfarin should avoid certain foods. Garlic, onion, parsley, horseradish, celery, vitamin C, alcoholic beverages, ginger, wild carrot, wild lettuce, wintergreen and cloves can cause the body to have a reaction to the chemical.


Heparin

Heparin is a chemical and one of the most commonly used blood thinner medications. Heparin blood thinners are taken directly from the blood of animals, or made in a laboratory to imitate the action of natural Heparin. Heparin prevents the chemical reaction in the blood that causes clots. Like Warfarin, Heparin can cause uncontrolled bleeding. Users taking Heparin for a long period of time are at risk of developing constant nose bleeding, black stool, nausea, vomiting, hives and breathing difficulties. Confusion, problems communicating, swelling and fever are also side effects of Heparin.

 

Natural Blood Thinners

 

Chemicals like Warfarin and Heparin can be hazardous to your health. These chemicals are found in a number of popular blood thinner medications. To avoid serious health risks, people at risk of developing blood clots, heart attack and stroke have switched to a more natural way to thin their blood and prevent debris buildup in their arteries. Supplements like Neprinol are being used as natural blood thinner medications. This supplement contains natural enzymes used to cleanse the blood of clot- forming protein and debris.