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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.

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