Anticoagulants are a class of drugs designed to prevent coagulation of the blood.  They are commonly referred to as “blood thinners”.  They are prescribed to prevent blood clots and are prescribed for a variety of conditions including atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and after stents have been used.    In my opinion, these drugs are bad news.  Their use has skyrocketed as modern medicine continues to pursue outdated theories and treatments of heart disease.  If you are currently taking prescription anticoagulants, I strongly urge you to do your research and decide for yourself is this is a drug you trust! 


In the early 1900’s, livestock owners noticed that animals that ate spoiled sweet clover hay died of uncontrolled internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.   In 1948, scientists isolated the toxic ingredient (dicoumarol) and patented a synthetic form to sell as a rat poison.   In 1954, only 6 short years later, it was approved for use on humans as a blood thinner and Warfarin became the world’s first official anticoagulant medication.   

Today, there are many different types of anticoagulants, including heparin, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), dabigatran (Pradaxa), apixaban (Eliquis), edoxaban (Savaysa), enoxaparin (Lovenox) and fondaparinux (Arixtra).  They all come with a long list of undesired effects.   

Warfarin is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant in the United States.  In 2016, Warfarin was the 41st most prescribed medication and had sales greater than $18 billion.   The total sales of all blood thinners was $23.5 billion in 2013 and was projected to be almost $26 billion in 2018.  Big Pharma is making a lot of money from the sale of these drugs but at what cost to the patient?   

Undesired Effects

All drugs have effects.  Some are desired effects and some are undesired effects.  The longer a patient takes a drug, the more likely the patient will experience undesired effects of the medication.  The undesired effects of Warfarin include: (There are many!)

  • Bleeding gums

  • blood in the urine, bloody stools,

  • blurred vision

  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling,

  • "pins and needles" or tingling feelings

  • chest pain or discomfort

  • confusion

  • coughing up blood

  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing

  • dizziness, faintness

  • lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

  • excessive bruising

  • headache

  • increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding

  • nosebleeds

  • paralysis

  • Peeling of the skin

  • prolonged bleeding from cuts

  • red or black, tarry stools

  • red or dark brown urine

  • stomach pain with cramping

  • sweating

  • unexplained swelling

  • unusual tiredness or weakness

  • Arm, back, or jaw pain

  • blue-green to black skin discoloration

  • blue or purple toes

  • change in consciousness (Yes, this is listed in the official list of possible adverse reactions!)

  • chest tightness or heaviness

  • chills

  • clay-colored stools

  • diarrhea

  • fainting or loss of consciousness

  • fast or irregular breathing

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • itching or skin rash

  • light-colored stools

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea and vomiting

  • pain in the toes

  • pain, redness, or sloughing of the skin

  • pale skin

  • purplish red, net-like, blotchy spots on the skin

  • skin blisters

  • small red or purple spots on the skin

  • stomach pain

  • swelling of the eyes or eyelids

  • troubled breathing with exertion

  • unpleasant breath odor

  • vomiting of blood

  • yellow eyes and skin

Are you currently taking prescription anticoagulants or other medications? Do you realize they are not supporting your goal of long-term health improvement? Are you tired of the undesired effects caused by taking medications? Are you ready to try something different? If so, we can help!