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What is the right way to take my blood-thinning medication?

If you are taking blood thinners:
  • Call your healthcare provider if you notice bleeding from your gums or blood in your urine or stools.
  • Make sure your provider knows about all other medication you're using. Many substances -- including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements -- should not be used while you're taking some blood thinners.
  • If you're taking some of these medications, you'll need ongoing monitoring by your healthcare provider.
  • If you miss a dose, do not take extra the next time to "catch up."
  • Be consistent with your diet, especially foods rich in vitamin K.
  • With some of these medications, you'll need regular blood tests to see if it's clotting at the right level. Depending on the type of test, it's called a prothrombin time (PT) (or PT/International Normalized Ratio [INR]) or a partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test. Keep these regular test appointments.

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