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What should I consider before taking a novel anticoagulant?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Before taking a novel anticoagulant, you need to consider your current health condition and the medications you are taking. To prevent drug interactions, let your doctor know about any medicines or supplements you are taking. Although novel anticoagulants carry less risk of bleeding, talk to your doctor about risk factors you could have that may increase the likelihood of bleeding. Before taking a novel anticoagulant, consider the possible side effects such as anemia (not having enough red blood cells), nausea, and an increase in liver enzymes. Make sure you understand how to take a novel anticoagulant properly and when to call the doctor about problems.

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