What Makes Blood Thinners Dangerous?
While blood thinning medications can save lives by treating or preventing dangerous blood clots, they slow the clotting of blood which can cause serious, and potentially fatal bleeding, according to a new study.
The research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that blood thinners called non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) can be significantly altered through interaction with other drugs. These drug interactions can not only lessen the NOACs’ effectiveness, but it can also increase a person’s risk of life-threatening bleeding.
“NOACs alone do not pose a significant risk of bleeding, but the concurrent use of NOACs with certain drugs that share the same metabolic pathways may cause increased risk of major bleeding,” said study lead researcher Dr. Shang-Hung Chang in the report.