Retroperitoneal haemorrhage during warfarin therapy

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Retroperitoneal haemorrhage during warfarin therapy

The Royal Society of Medicine
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2003
  • Medicine


Microsoft Word - What You Need to Know When Taking Anticoagulation Medicine What You Need to KnowWhen Taking Anticoagulation Medicine What are anticoagulant medicines? Anticoagulant medicines are a group of medicines that inhibit blood clotting, helping to prevent blood clots. Blood clots can cause heart attacks and strokes. Common anticoagulant medicines include:  Coumadin®, Jantoven® (warfarin)  Lovenox® (enoxaparin)  Hep-Lock U/P®, Hep-Lock®, HepFlush-10® (heparin)  Pradaxa (dabigatran)  Eliquis (apixaban)  Xarelto (rivaroxaban) Let’s Focus on Warfarin While some of the newest oral anticoagulants requires less monitoring, the focus of this page is warfarin, a common anticoagulant medicine. You should speak with your care provider about other options if warfarin is not a good option for you. Warfarin is available in a pill form. The number of milligrams (mgs) is marked on each pill. The pills come in a variety of colors. The colors change based on the brand or generic product and the number of mgs. When is anticoagulation medicine prescribed? Anticoagulant medicines can be used with a number of diseases when there is an increased risk of blood clots. Anticoagulant medicine is used to prevent blood clots seen with:  Atrial fribrillation or irregular, fast heart beat – Atrial fibrillation causes blood to pool in the upper chambers of the heart sometimes. Blood clots may form in the pooled blood.  Heart valve replacement – Blood clots may form on or near the heart valve.  Left ventricular dysfunction or cardiomyopathy – Ventricular dysfunctions causes blood to pool in the lower chambers of the heart sometimes. Blood clots may form in the pooled blood.  Deep vein thrombosis – A blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs.  Pulmonary embolus – A blood clot forms and travels to the lungs, often from a deep vein thrombosis.  Stroke – A stroke may be caused from a blood clot in the brai

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