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Anticoagulant Medication Bleeding Home Care

Home care for bleeding from anticoagulant includes:

Treatment for minor bleeding from anticoagulant includes:
  • Apply direct pressure to control bleeding:
    • Use a gauze or clean cloth directly on the wound.
    • Maintain constant pressure for at least 10 minutes.
    • Do not interrupt the pressure, in order to look at the wound.
  • Apply a dressing to the wound.
  • Stop taking the anticoagulant medication.
  • Contact your doctor.

Anticoagulant Medication Bleeding Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are a common complication of anticoagulant use.

How to stop a nosebleed:

  • Sit upright.
  • Pinch the nose firmly and constantly for 15 minutes. Repeat once if the bleeding does not stop.
  • Breathe through your mouth.
  • Drink cold water to clear blood from your throat.
  • Seek medical care if the bleeding does not stop in 30 minutes.

Strategies for preventing a nosebleed from recurring include:
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid drinking hot liquids.
  • Do not take aspirin for at least one week.
  • Do not place anything in your nose once the bleeding has stopped.
  • Do not blow your nose for at least 2 days.

Anticoagulant Medication Bleeding Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you are bleeding from anticoagulant and have any of the following:

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Last Updated: May 11, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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