• Daurice Cummings-Bealer

The Dangers of Blood Thinners

There are so many people on blood-thinning medications, yet they have no idea of the dangers involved in using them. For example, one of the most popular selling blood thinner medications Xarelto brings in billions of dollars each year. Yet, one of the dangers of taking Xarelto is internal bleeding. The producer of Xarelto has been under intense scrutiny for failing to warn patients about these risks.

We will never know how many patients have been harmed by the deadly side effects of these drugs as well as many others on the market. If you research the lawsuits of these medications, you will learn the detrimental effects they have had on patients.

Despite the maker of Xarelto marketing the drug as “safe and effective”- patients have had higher rates of blood transfusions. Lawsuits have revealed severe and disastrous results such as gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging, and even death. Based on the World Report data, other side effects include liver dysfunction, unusual bruising, coughing up blood, brown or pink urine. Less serious side effects reported are stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, headache, muscle pain, and dizziness.

This is the reason, so many people question Western or traditional medicine. Many physicians are trained to wait until the patient is at risk for heart disease before treating the condition. There are so many natural or non-toxic ways to prevent blood clots, yet patients aren’t given these options. Doctors are too quick to prescribe drugs, and someone always pays the price for doing so.

The good news is that you can improve blood circulation without being exposed to the toxic effects of prescription drugs. Researchers at Kansas State University found that garlic contains a powerful compound called ajoene. Ajoene has been found to prevent blood platelets from forming blood clots. By eating a clove of raw or lightly cooked garlic daily you can reduce the risks of blood clots.

Turmeric and ginger also help prevent clots from building along the walls of the arteries. Another plus for ginger is also that it helps lower cholesterol. Just a few pieces of daikon have been known to dissolve accumulated fat in the body. Cayenne peppers have a powerful blood-thinning effect on your body because of the high number of salicylates in them. Cayenne peppers can be taken in capsules or easily ground up as a spice for food. In addition to thinning your blood, cayenne peppers can lower your blood pressure and increase circulation.

Then, of course, don’t forget nature’s most powerful blood thinner - pure, clean water. Water works by preventing dehydration which can thicken the blood. Researchers at Loma Linda University found that men who drank at least 40 ounces of water during the day cut their risk for forming blood clots and stroke by more than half.

It is recommended that the average person should drink .5 ounces of water for every pound they weigh daily. Water is beneficial for overall health.

We all deserve to know what is going into our bodies and that’s why it’s important for people to do their own homework. Big Pharma isn’t going to persuade you into natural prevention when they have so much money to lose. We also deserve to use doctors that aren’t so quick to prescribe medications.

It can be difficult finding doctors that aren’t so quick to pull out the prescription pad or even switching doctors’ period but it’s worth the effort to discuss these other options with your doctor.

As always, you should never make serious changes in your medication schedule without discussing it with your doctor first. You should also be careful of eating particular foods while taking any medication since food can also interfere with your medication.

For more information on this topic check out the references below.


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2. EvaluatePharma. (2013 June). World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018: Returning to Growth.

3. United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. (2013, July 10). MDL Statistics Report - Distribution of Pending MDL Dockets. Retrieved from http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-July-10-2013.pdf

4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2013, June 25). NICE recommends new 11treatment option for potentially fatal blood clotting disease. Retrieved from http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/NICERecommendsTreatmentBloodClottingDisease.jsp

5. Staton, T. (2013, June 26). Bayer, Boehringer eye big growth in expanding anticoagulant market. Retrieved from http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/xarelto-pradaxa-eye-big-growth-expanding-anticoagulant-market/2013-06-26

6. Walsh, S. (2012, Dec. 28). FDA approves Eliquis to reduce the risk of stroke, blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm333634.htm

7. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2012, Dec. 19). FDA Drug Safety Communication: 1Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) should not be used in patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm332912.htm

8. Yao, S. (2012, Nov. 2). FDA expands use of Xarelto to treat, reduce recurrence of blood clots. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm326654.htm

9. Pierson, R. (2012, June 14). Pradaxa And Xarelto: Top Heart Doctors Concerned Over New Blood Thinners. Reuters. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/pradaxa-xarelto-blood-thinner-doctors-heart_n_1595971.html

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