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Are You Taking Anticoagulants (aspirin)? Don’t Take This Vitamin……..

Are you taking anticoagulants (aspirin)? Don’t take this vitamin……..

Anticoagulant is the medicine prescribed to

you by your physician to keep your blood

thin and flowing. They are popularly known by

one brand-aspirin. They are typically prescribed to

the patients above 60 years of age, who are

having the history of heart disease or stroke. Or, they

are prescribed just as a precautionary measure to

the patients who are having higher risk of

developing heart disease. And, if

you are taking anticoagulant (Aspirin), you are

also having difficulty in controlling your bleeding. I have

seen many patients in my practice who are

the age of 60 years and above and

who are taking many vitamin supplements on

their own without any expert advice for various reasons. One

of the vitamin supplements taken by elderly is Vitamin-E

Typically Vitamin-E is taken for:

  • Dry hair
  • To improve skin tone
  • Dry & wrinkled skin
  • Better immunity, etc.

And all this knowledge they get from google, but

always remember that google will give you

general information only. Only a qualified

dietitian or a doctor can tell you what is suitable for

you at your age, its advantage, disadvantage, etc.

Let us see the reason why?

What can be your health risk if you are taking both

anticoagulant & Vitamin E supplements on your own?

One of the very important function of Vitamin-E

in your body is, that it prevents your blood from

clotting-same as your anticoagulant. So,

if you are taking anticoagulants (aspirin) &

vitamin E supplements, you have to be

extra cautious. As you are at higher risk of

getting uncontrolled bleeding if injured. Even

your surgeon advises you to stop taking

your anticoagulant (Aspirin) 3 days prior to

your surgery to keep your bleeding under control. And

in the same way, you must stop taking your vitamin E

3 days prior to any surgery.


Don’t self-medicate yourself even with nutrients.

Always consult your doctor or a qualified dietitian

before taking any nutrients.

And if ever you want to take vitamin-E, you can

take it from natural vegetarian source like –

sunflower seeds, almonds, etc.


That’s all for today.

See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip.

Till then…… Take care….

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life….

Dr. Bhumita Makwana

Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician



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