Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Thinners

  • What is important to know about other medications I take?
  • What is safe to take for pain?
  • I have heard that I need to be careful with foods that contain vitamin K; what should I know about this?
  • What tips can help me remember to take my warfarin?
  • When is the best time to take it?
  • What are the more common (or what is the most common) blood thinners?
  • What is an INR?
  • Can you tell me about home monitoring for warfarin?
  • What is the biggest risk with blood thinners?
  • What are signs of “hidden” bleeding?
  • How helpful is it to wear a MedAlert bracelet?
  • Please tell me about the new oral blood thinners (also called anti-coagulents)? Can I take them?
  • How safe are herbal medicines?

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