When taking a blood thinner, you might not feel any different, but the benefits of treatment are not something you can feel. Continuing your medicine as prescribed greatly reduces your risk of stroke.
Blood thinners are associated with an increased risk of bleeding. Factors linked to increased bleed risk include older age, high blood pressure, and predisposition to bleeding. If you have signs of a bleed such as abnormal bruising, discolored stool or urine, or unusual bleeding, talk to your Healthcare Provider or visit the emergency room as soon as possible.
In addition to traditional treatment methods, medications called reversal agents are available for some blood thinner treatments. In an emergency, a reversal agent could be used to allow your blood to clot normally again. It is important to know the name of the blood thinner you are taking and whether a reversal agent is available.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, here are some helpful tips:
Take your medication at the same time(s) each day.
Add a calendar invitation for the time you need to take your medication each day.
Use an alarm or reminder on your phone.
If you’re on a mobile device, set an alarm here.
Use your daily routines as a reminder – for instance, when having your morning coffee or before walking the dog.
Ask someone to help you remember.