This medication thins the blood and prevents blockage of blood vessels. It acts on certain blood elements involved in the coagulation process. Typically, it is used for the prevention of blood clots. It may also be used for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) or for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs).
This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.
This medication may be taken with or without food.
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
- it may cause anemia (low red blood cells);
- it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting.
- it may reduce your blood clotting ability;
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your health care professional. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.
This product may increase the risk of bleeding. Be careful when using sharp instruments or when you practice any activity or sport that may result in serious injury. The use of a soft-bristled toothbrush and an electric razor is recommended.
Advise your doctor if you notice any sign of bleeding, such as blood in your urine, black or red stools, excessive bruising for no reason, nose bleeds that do not resolve spontaneously or, in women, abnormally abundant and prolonged menstrual bleeding. Contact a doctor immediately if you notice sudden unusual headaches, weakness of an arm or leg, crooked mouth or difficulty speaking.
Seek immediate medical attention following a severe fall, especially if you hit your head.
Always tell health care professionals you are visiting (for example, pharmacist, doctor, nurse or dentist) that you are taking this medicine. If you need surgery, you must notify the doctor who will perform the procedure. You may be asked to stop the medication for a few days. In this case, ask about how to start it again.
Blood donation is usually refused during this treatment.
This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
- Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
- If you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding;
- If you use tobacco or cannabis or its derivatives, or if you use recreational drugs;
- The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.