Heparin medicines cause the blood to clot more slowly. While taking heparin, it is necessary to keep a delicate balance between:
To help keep this balance and prevent bleeding problems, tell your doctor about all other medicines you are taking including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements.
Many medicines can interfere with blood-clotting time and should be avoided. For example, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can raise your risk of bleeding.
Do not take any medicines, vitamins, or minerals unless you first talk to your doctor.
Some of the more common medicines that may interfere with blood clotting are:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology|
|Last Revised||December 28, 2011|