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For Elderly, Multiple Meds After Heart Attack Come at a Cost

Elderly nursing home patients prescribed a multitude of medications following a heart attack may live longer compared to those given just one drug, but it can come at a cost: It may negatively impact their quality of life. Researchers examined claims data from nearly 4,800 nursing home residents, most of…

Should You Keep Taking Xarelto?

Xarelto, one of the newer generation of blood thinners, was approved by the FDA in 2011. It’s making news lately — and not for good reason. Lawsuits alleging rivaroxaban (Xarelto) harms — or even kills — keep piling up. Moreover, the FDA has concerns about the testing device used in…

Poor Knowledge of Warfarin May Boost Side Effects Risk

Many patients who take the blood thinner warfarin may be at an increased risk of side effects of the drug since they are not knowledgable about food and drug interactions associated with the medication. The results of a recent study evaluating warfarin patients’ understanding of the drug and interactions is…

Blood Thinner, Certain Diabetes Drugs Are a Bad Combo

Taking the blood thinner warfarin at the same time as certain diabetes drugs increases the risk of hospitalization, a study from the University of Southern California warns. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 466,000 Medicare patients. They found that those who took warfarin along with the diabetes drugs glipizide or glimepiride…

FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner’s Effect

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clear the drug Praxbind for emergency use to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa. The FDA stated that the use of Praxbind to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa puts patients at risk for blood clots and stroke, and they should resume taking…

Pradaxa Safety as Expected in New FDA Study

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the results of a study on the safety and efficacy of dabigatran (Pradaxa) in 134,000 Medicare recipients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. New users of dabigatran — versus warfarin (blood thinner) — had reduced risks of ischemic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage and death. The risk…

Next-Gen Blood Thinners: What’s Right for You?

Blood thinners have saved countless lives. If you have atrial fibrillation — an abnormal heart rhythm, suffered by more than 2 million Americans — or if you were otherwise at risk of forming dangerous blood clots, it’s likely you’ve been prescribed a blood-thinning drug, chiefly warfarin (Coumadin). Starting in 2010,…

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

When Beverly Wilkerson, 58, Sherman Oaks, CA, woke up with a pounding headache and jaw pain last summer, she popped two Aleve. (The recommended dosage is one at a time.) She forgot to take water and food with the pills. Later on, she took two more, again forgetting the water…

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