FAQ: What Are the Signs of Major Bleeding Due to Blood Thinners?
What are the signs of major bleeding due to blood thinners?
The signs of possible major bleeding due to a blood thinner such as warfarin, dabigatran, or rivaroxaban (brand names Coumadin, Pradaxa, and Xarelto) include these:
- Bloody, black, or dark stool
- Light-headedness, especially with standing
- Racing heartbeat
- Shortness of breath, especially with exertion
- Headache and vomiting
- Frequent nausea or stomach pain
- Vomiting of blood or brownish material looking like coffee grounds
- Blood in the urine
- Symptoms of stroke, such as changes in vision, speech, or strength on one side of the body
Be sure to promptly report any of the above signs to a medical professional. Major bleeding due to anticoagulants can be life threatening in some cases.
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