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Is bleeding a complication of taking a novel anticoagulant?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
If you are taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation (also called A Fib), a common heart rhythm problem, your doctor may have warned you about bleeding problems. With warfarin, vitamin K can help reverses bleeding problems. Bleeding can also occur with novel anticoagulants. However, with a novel anticoagulant, there is no reversing agent available. If you notice that you are bleeding more than usual, contact your doctor or go to an emergency room. Even without a specific substance to reverse the actions of the novel anticoagulant, your doctor may still be able to help stop the bleeding.

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