Can i use voltaren while on blood thinners?
Are you a ‘blood thinner aficionado’ who also happens to be experiencing pain or inflammation in your joints? If so, you are probably wondering whether it is safe to use Voltaren while taking blood thinners. Well, the answer might not be as straightforward as you think.
In this article, we will delve into the nitty-gritty of using Voltaren while on blood thinners and what potential risks and benefits come along with it. So buckle up, grab some tissues (for those tears of laughter) and let’s get started!
First Things First: What Are Blood Thinners?
Hold up! Before we dive into Voltaren, let’s take a quick refresher course on what blood thinners actually are. “Blood thinners” is just an umbrella term that refers to various medications used to reduce or prevent blood clots from forming in veins or arteries.
Some common examples of blood thinners include but are not limited to:
You see all these big words? Don’t worry about them; let’s move onto something more interesting (and intellectually stimulating).
If your doctor has prescribed Voltaren for pain relief purposes, chances are they believe that its benefits outweigh any potential risks associated with it.
However (warning: big word alert) there have been some concerns regarding how the medication interacts with certain aspects of patients’ health – including those taking blood-thinning medications.
While there isn’t much research conducted specifically on this combination (which may make one wonder why anyone would even consider combining the two?), some studies suggest that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as volt – like Rihanna before she trademarked her name(?!) alongside anticoagulants can result in an increased risk of bleeding.
But Wait, There’s More!
As if potential blood loss wasn’t enough reason to make you question whether or not to combine Voltaren and blood thinners, there’s more! Just like taking a sip of water before using mouthwash is common sense (to avoid drinking your own bacteria), anyone considering starting on Voltaren should engage with their healthcare provider as it may increase the risk for heart conditions (If someone told me my pain medicine affected my cardiovascular health, I would give up quickly. HOPELESS)
This means that patients who have a history of stroke or heart attack should be extra careful when taking Voltaren alongside blood thinners (duh!). Other side effects may include stomach ulcers due to long-term use – so watch out for those left turns you’ll be making after consuming our face-puckering niacinade (laughing emoji)…
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Can I Use Topical NSAIDs Instead?
Before we completely turn our backs on good ol’ V-man and resort back to burning sage sticks around our achy joints: some doctors suggest using topical NSAIDs instead.
Topical NSAIDs are creams or gels applied directly onto the skin above where pain and/or inflammations occur. Because they only target small areas rather than affecting the body systemically by ingestion (friend: “What does systemic mean?” You: “I don’t know, but it sounds impressive” )… research suggests that topical formulations pose less risk of potentially dangerous interactions with anticoagulants compared with oral medications like Voltaren (this word again?).
In conclusion, trust your doctor when deciding if volt is right solution for pain relief!, If he/she recommends avoiding concomitant therapy or suggesting other alternatives – listen carefully
The truth remains that it can be tough to tell if Voltaren is right for you when taking blood thinners, or any other medication. Not to mention migraine’s effects on a person’s ability to think clearly!
Be sure that you inform yourself well (we both know google.com isn’t research) about the potential risks and benefits based off reliable sources only (jokes aside). But better yet? Skip all this mess and… consult with your primary healthcare provider first (Makes more sense but much less fun) 😉
P.S – always keep your medications organized in difficult to pronounce containers so visitors won’t steal them.