Advertisement

What do I do if I take too much heparin?

Call your doctor if you think you've taken too much heparin, a blood thinner. The most common side effect of an overdose of heparin is bleeding, which could show up as a nosebleed, bloody urine or bloody stools. Other signs of bleeding due to an overdose of heparin include easy bruising; black, tarry stools; and/or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

If someone taking heparin has collapsed or isn’t breathing, call 911. You may also need to contact your local poison control office.

Continue Learning about Anticoagulant

How do blood thinners affect my risk for aneurysms?
David W. Drucker, MDDavid W. Drucker, MD
They really don't. We do aneurysm surgeries on people who are on all different types of blood thinne...
More Answers
What is an anticoagulant?
Brigham and Women's HospitalBrigham and Women's Hospital
An anticoagulant (anti means against, and coagulant refers to blood clotting) or "blood thinner"...
More Answers
How are anticoagulants used?
RealAgeRealAge
Anticoagulants are medications that inhibit blood clotting. While they cannot dissolve an existing c...
More Answers
What precautions should I follow when taking blood thinners?
Grant Cooper, MDGrant Cooper, MD
If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin), you already should be having a test regularly to make sure th...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.