What not to eat on blood thinners?
5 Things to Avoid When Taking Blood Thinners
- Foods Rich in Vitamin K. Specifically for individuals taking the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), vitamin K-rich foods like spinach, brussels sprouts, kale and even green tea can counteract the drug's effectiveness.
- Contact Sports.
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
- Grapefruit Juice.
Warfarin side effects that require immediate medical attention
- Severe bleeding, including heavier than normal menstrual bleeding.
- Red or brown urine.
- Black or bloody stool.
- Severe headache or stomach pain.
- Joint pain, discomfort or swelling, especially after an injury.
- Stop using warfarin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- pain, swelling, hot or cold feeling, skin changes, or discoloration anywhere on your body;
- sudden and severe leg or foot pain, foot ulcer, purple toes or fingers;
- sudden headache, dizziness, or weakness;
- Bananas and Warfarin. Here is a thought that may ease your mind: bananas are a fruit that are low in vitamin K and full of potassium which your body needs. In addition to high potassium, they offer a good source of fiber, which can help in normal digestion.
- The formation of a clot in the body is a complex process that involves multiple substances called clotting factors. Warfarin decreases the body's ability to form blood clots by blocking the formation of vitamin K–dependent clotting factors. Vitamin K is needed to make clotting factors and prevent bleeding.
Blood Thinner Drugs. Be careful about drinking if you're taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin). Your liver breaks down alcohol and some medications. If it's busy working on the alcohol instead of your blood thinner, the level of the drug in your blood will go up and raise your bleeding risk.
- Blood thinners are usually given to people at risk for developing blood clots from conditions such as abnormal heart rhythms. Use of these lifesaving medications requires caution with other drugs, especially painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve).
- Vitamin K is primarily found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce, and enters your body when you eat these foods. Your body uses vitamin K to produce some of the clotting factors that helps blood clot.
- WoundSeal Powder is specially developed to stop bleeding for people on blood thinners because it doesn't rely on the normal clotting factors in your blood. It forms an instant seal (or scab) over the wound in seconds. The seal is safe to leave in place until it falls off naturally and the wound heals.
Updated: 2nd October 2019