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Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely


This free booklet and video educate consumers about blood thinner medicines.

The 24-page booklet explains how blood thinners can help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming and what to expect when taking these medicines. It includes the following information:
  • About your blood thinner
  • How to take your blood thinner
  • Check your medicine
  • Using other medicines
  • Possible side effects
  • Stay safe while taking your blood thinner
  • Food and your blood thinner
  • Talk to your other doctors
  • Blood tests
  • Common medical conditions
The video features easy-to-understand explanations of how blood thinners work and why it's important to take them correctly. It also introduces "BEST," an easy way to remember how to fit blood thinner medication into daily life:
  • Be careful
  • Eat right
  • Stick to a routine
  • Test regularly

The booklet and video are also available in Spanish.

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  • Release Date: 09/2009
  • Original Summary: 09/2009
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Last updated: December 18, 2013.