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Question: There have been many reports about blood thinners and Covid vaccines. Is it really a problem. What is advise for people who are on blood thinners ?
DR Nishith Chandra’s reply
A number of patients are taking blood thinners now a days. There are two types of blood thinners, anti-platelet agents, and anticoagulants. Antiplatelet agents are like aspirin, clopidogrel or Ticagrelor. If patients are taking them, then there is no need to stop before taking the vaccine. You may have to apply a prolong pressure at the local injection site.
If however you are taking anticoagulants like Warfarin, Dabigatran, Apixaban or Rivaroxaban then you should measure the PT/INR levels. If they are less than 3, then you can safely take the vaccine. If PT/INR is more than 3 then, stop the anticoagulant, and take vaccine, when the INR levels are less than 3. In short, you can safely take vaccine, while taking the blood thinners.
In general, yes, but you should let the person giving you the vaccine know that you are taking an anticoagulant. As with any injection, there is some risk of bleeding.
Like most vaccines, the coronavirus vaccine is injected into the muscle of your upper arm. Injections into your muscle may bleed a little more than injections that are given under the skin, but less than those that are given into a vein. If you are taking a blood thinner the bleeding may take a little longer to stop and you may get more bruising on your upper arm.
ALL International Heart Associations have said that you can have the vaccine if your anticoagulant treatment is stable. Checking INR is a must before vaccines .