Using Your Medications Safely
Taking medicine may be new to you, and there may be a lot to remember. For example,why are you taking it? What time should you take it? How often do you take it, and how many pills do you take? It's very important to take medicine the right way — just as your doctor tells you.
Taking medications properly is another part of compliance. Medicines may not work unless taken as prescribed. Or they can leave you dizzy, sick or worse. Or, without knowing it, you could counteract one medicine by taking it with another. Take part in treatment decisions and, if you don't understand something, ask questions. Carefully follow the agreed upon treatment plan, and watch for and work with your healthcare team to solve any problems.
Dr. Clyde Yancy, former American Heart Association president, stresses the importance of understanding and taking your medications.
Watch how you can help prevent common injuries while on warfarin, and what to do in case of emergency.
Watch how blood clots are helpful in healing skin injuries, but dangerous when they form inside a blood vessel.
Learn important strategies to help you take your anticoagulant exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
As part of your treatment, you may be prescribed an anticoagulant. This is a type of drug that affects your blood. It prevents blood clots from forming. If you have a blood clot, an anticoagulant can keep it from growing larger. But because anticoagulants interfere with clotting, they can lead to uncontrollable bleeding. This can be especially dangerous if you are cut or injured. It's important to be aware of the dangers associated with anticoagulants so you can use them safely.
See what common and uncommon side effects you may experience when taking an anticoagulant, and when to call either your doctor or 911 for help.
Watch how you can help prevent common injuries while on an anticoagulant, and what to do in case of emergency.
Patients who require anticoagulation therapy, more commonly called blood thinners, have to be very careful when taking this medication. This program will teach patients which areas they need to monitor and how they can use this medication safely and effectively.
Many times patients don't even know that they have a blood clot. In Part 2, learn what symptoms may indicate a blood clot is present.
When you have AFib, or atrial fibrillation, you are at increased risk of stroke because the irregular heartbeats caused by AFib lead to blood clots. Learn about blood thinners, if you are a good candidate to be taking them, and how they can help reduce your risk of stroke.
Anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents are medicines that reduce blood clotting in an artery, a vein or the heart. Blood clots can block the blood flow to your heart muscle and cause a heart attack. They can also block blood flow to your brain, causing a stroke.
Anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents are medicines that reduce blood clotting in an artery, vein or the heart. Blood clots can block the blood flow to your heart muscle and cause a heart attack. They can also block blood flow to your brain, causing a stroke. Doctors use these medicines to help patients prevent strokes caused by a blood clot.