Blood Thinner: A New Class Of Drugs?
The first time I heard the word “blood thinner” was from my father. When he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF), he told me it would be like having a heart attack every two weeks or so. My dad had been taking blood thinners since before his diagnosis because of his condition, but they were not working for him. He wanted to stop taking them, but doctors insisted he needed to continue taking them.
I remember being very upset when I learned that my dad was dying of a disease caused by a drug that was prescribed for someone else. I felt helpless and angry at the same time.
Why couldn’t these drugs work? What kind of sick person would want to take something that could kill him? How did my parents’ doctor get away with prescribing such dangerous drugs without any oversight whatsoever?
My anger grew even stronger when I found out that my mom was also taking blood thinners. She had been diagnosed with AF years earlier, but she didn’t have the same symptoms as my dad. They thought her medication might be causing her problems. After all, if she wasn’t getting sicker than usual after taking her medications, then maybe there was nothing wrong with them!
But my mother’s case turned out differently than mine. The drugs worked just fine for her.
Unfortunately, it was too late. My mom died of a massive heart attack when my parents were in the middle of a vacation. She didn’t even have time to get to the hospital before she died.
My father is still alive and doing well, but he’s a different man now. He works as an advocate for people with blood diseases and helps educate them about the dangers of taking medication too soon.
Less than 1% of people have diseases like mine and my dad’s. However, there are so many more people who have the same disease that nobody knows about: complications caused by taking too much medication.
Even if we can’t win against the “Big Pharma” companies that make these drugs, I’m going to keep fighting for the people who can’t do it for themselves. People who have lost a loved one to the hazards of prescription drugs need to know that they aren’t alone.
People like my parents will be remembered.
Some people aren’t aware of how dangerous some common prescription drugs can be. You may not be aware of how much harm they can cause to your body.
If you are aware of the side effects and risks, then you should be able to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to take them.
My father was lucky enough to recognize the risks before it was too late. My mother wasn’t so lucky. In some ways, it feels like I’ve been cursed with a “second sight” about these drugs ever since my parents died.
I can’t risk putting anyone else I love in jeopardy. If you are taking any of these blood thinners or experiencing side effects, you need to get help immediately!
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