This concerns the anticoagulant medicines. Do you know that there was a study conducted by Singapore General Hospital in 2012 stating that fasting can affect the patient’s ideal blood thickness range? There are patients that take anticoagulant medicines here in Singapore that do not know this. They should be informed that taking anticoagulant medicine (particularly Warfarin) while fasting can affect their ideal blood thickness range.
If you are not familiar about these medicines, it is time that you know this. Anticoagulant medicines are also called blood thinners. Here are other things that you need to know about it:
- Ability: You might wonder about the ability of anticoagulant medicines. Anticoagulant medicines have the ability to reduce the blood clot (coagulation means “clotting”). Anticoagulant medicines are necessary especially if the blood coagulates (clots) too much. If the blood coagulates too much, it can cause blood vessel blockage that can lead to heart conditions like stroke or heart attack.
- Why is it necessary? When the body has wounds (either on the skin or inside the body), blood can leak to nearby organs or outside of the body. To stop further bleeding, the blood forms clots that serve as a seal. If there is excessive bleeding inside, it will lead to hemorrhaging and blood vessel blockage. Anticoagulants can prevent unnecessary blood clots.
- When is it used? Anticoagulant medicines have several uses. It is prescribed for people who have blood clotting conditions. Some of the conditions include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and atrial fibrillation. Doctors may prescribe you of anticoagulant medicines if endured surgery.
- Consideration: There are things that you have to consider when you take anticoagulant medicines. If you are pregnant, it may not be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are trying for a baby, taking anticoagulant medicines may hinder it. If you will undergo endoscopy, you have to tell your surgeon that you are taking anticoagulant medicines. Like other medicines, anticoagulant has several side effects like hemorrhaging. If you think that you are suffering from its side effects, it is imperative that you contact your doctor right away.
It is important that you seek the advice of your health care provider before you take any or change your anticoagulant medicines. You have to tell your doctor of other medicines or supplements you are using. More importantly, if you are taking anticoagulant medicines, make sure that you follow the directions. You have to understand the gravity of the situation. It will lead to death if you disregard this.