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View Poll Results: Do any of you take blood thinner medicine?
Yes 22 55.00%
No 18 45.00%
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:06 AM
 
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Hi, I take 7.5 mgs of Coumadin a day and well be taking this drug for the rest of my life. I take this for a past history of blood clots of lungs.

John
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Franklin Co.
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I also have a history of blood clots in my lungs. My hematologist told me I could take aspirin just as easily as the coumadin and get the same results. I tried to take coumadin but had an allergic reaction to it.

I take two aspirin a day (chewable children's aspirin) which are 81mg. each. She stated this would help with the thinning of my blood as well as the coumadin and will cost a heck of a lot less.

I also have to take them at a different time of day from my other medications. Some prescription medicines will affect the amount of aspirin which is absorbed into your system. You might want to check with your doctor if you're taking other medications.
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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My husband takes a baby aspirin and plavix daily, due to a stroke and a subsequent heart surgery. If all goes well, he will not need to take either after this July. He didn't bruise at all when on the aspirin, but he's notice he bruises more easily since the plavix was added on.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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My 84 yr old mother takes Coumadin to prevent clots that could occur due to occasional irregular heart beat.

To anyone who takes blood thinners: The "protime" checks on a regular basis are super important, to make sure your blood is not getting too thin. You should also consider wearing a medical alert bracelet, any medical doctor treating you including dentists need to know you are taking blood thinners.

My mother almost died a couple of years ago when a different doctor (not her cardiologist) prescribed her an antibiotic for an infection on her finger. Trouble is, antibiotics put blood thinners into overdrive. She almost bled out internally. When your doctor tells you that people on blood thinners need to monitor them carefully and ask before taking any other medication (prescribed or over the counter) they are not kidding, you really do need to be careful. Good luck.
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:19 PM
 
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Dr. wanted me to take lo dose aspirin. I am healthy and see no reason for it. If I get in a serious accident or need surgery, I sure don't want to bleed to death. I believe in "don't fix whats not broke"!
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Tompkins County
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I take aspirin and plavix every day.
I had blocked arteries that were ballooned and stented. Now I take blood thinners as a precaution and the history of coronary artery disease and stroke in my family.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:56 AM
 
Location: in a house
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I take aspirin and plavix every day.
I had blocked arteries that were ballooned and stented. Now I take blood thinners as a precaution and the history of coronary artery disease and stroke in my family.
How's the smoking cessation going - weren't you trying to quit? Will definitely help with your blood! Good luck to you!
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Tompkins County
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How's the smoking cessation going - weren't you trying to quit? Will definitely help with your blood! Good luck to you!
Hi mary~

Yes, and I still haven't had one!
Thanx!!
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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My second pregnancy ended with a random prenatal stroke in the baby, from, what they believe was, a blood clot in the placenta. Baby is now almost 5

Due to that though, in my 3rd pregnancy, I had to take baby asprin, heparin, and then after wk 13, Lovenox. Twice a day.

Apparently, it's only an issue for me during pregnancy - so I don't believe I need anything for daily life, when not pregnant.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:11 AM
 
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Thumbs down Side effects are not so great!

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Hi, I take 7.5 mgs of Coumadin a day and well be taking this drug for the rest of my life. I take this for a past history of blood clots of lungs.

John
My mother took Coumadin and after doing a little research on the drug I found that there are too many side effects for it that were bad. Coumadin is or has an ingredient that is used in rat poison! Go figure? Mom died of a stroke which is one of the side effects of Coumadin. You need to trust your doctor but you need to also research on your own just to be safe. I would think that aspirin would be a better choice.
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