Anticlotting Drugs: What You Need to Know

Are you on blood thinners? Learn how to take them safely.

The FDA is recommending new restrictions on certain prescription medicines.

The FDA is recommending new restrictions on certain prescription medicines.

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• Store your medication away from moisture, heat or light.

• Tell your doctor if you are planning to get pregnant. Warfarin is not safe during pregnancy.

What Should I Watch Out For?

If you notice unusual bleeding, such as blood in your urine or stool; if you're coughing up or vomiting blood; or if you have unexplained severe bruising, skin color changes, headache, dizziness, reoccurring nosebleeds, or heavier than normal menstrual bleeding, seek medical attention. There are specific instructions on how you can manage each medication, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 14, 2012 on PharmacyTimes.com. It has been edited and republished by U.S. News.