What are the potential side effects of anticoagulants?

There are three main anticoagulants: rivaroxaban (Xarelto), apixaban (Eliquis), dabigatran (Pradaxa which is less common). Potential side effects include:

  • An unfamiliar headache
    • While you will notice bleeding from your GI tract, your nose, and your skin; you may not realize that an unfamiliar headache can be a sign of bleeding in the brain so if you get an unfamiliar or more severe than usual headache you should contact your doctor
  • Blood in your urine or stools
  • In women, heavy bleeding during a period or excessive vaginal bleeding during the 6-week post-partum period
  • Severe bruising
  • Prolonged nosebleeds (lasting longer than 10 minutes)
  • Coughing up blood
  • If you have hemorrhoids, you might bleed a little more
  • Learn more about Warfarin or Heparin.