FAQs ABOUT ARTIFLO
How to take ARTIFLO?
Take ARTIFLO as prescribed by your physician. It can be taken at the same time every day. Swallow ARTIFLO with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of therapy for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
How ARTIFLO works on my body?
ARTIFLO is a blood thinning medication. It works by preventing the formation of blood clots within the blood vessels. It blocks the actions of certain blood proteins and enzymes that causes blood clots in the body. As a result, it improves the blood flow and oxygen supply through the blood vessels of major organs (heart, brain, and lungs) and improve the symptoms of blood clot disorders.
Is ARTIFLO safe to use during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant consult your doctor before taking ARTIFLO. ARTIFLO has a potential to affect the growing baby and so your doctor will decide whether you should use ARTIFLO or not depending upon your health condition.
Can ARTIFLO be taken along with alcohol?
No. Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking ARTIFLO because it may interfere with its actions and may lead to unwanted side effects.
What can I do if I forget to take ARTIFLO on time?
If you forgot to take ARTIFLO, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s time for the next dose, skip the missed one and take the next dose on time. Never take a double dose to compensate the missed dose as it could lead to toxicity.
Can I take antibiotics along with ARTIFLO?
It is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking any medicines along with ARTIFLO. Studies have shown that the use of antibiotics simultaneously with anticoagulants like nicoumalone, increases the risk of bleeding in patients, and so concomitant use of antibiotics along with ARTIFLO should be avoided without proper medical supervision.
Why am I not supposed to undergo any surgery while taking ARTIFLO?
It is because ARTIFLO increases your tendency to bleed. As surgeries are always associated with increased risk of bleeding, concomitant use of ARTIFLO with surgeries may make you bleed more than usual. Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of ARTIFLO before undergoing any surgeries (including minor surgeries) to avoid the risk of excessive bleeding.
Is ARTIFLO safe to use in children?
ARTIFLO should be used with caution in children and adolescents (below 18 years of age). Therefore, consult your doctor for advice before taking.
How long should I take ARTIFLO?
You should continue to take ARTIFLO unless your doctor tells you to stop. Failure to complete the suggested course may not help you in treating the condition properly.
What are the side effects caused due to long term use of ARTIFLO?
ARTIFLO may increase the risk of bleeding. It may make you bleed more easily even after minor cuts, injuries, or wounds, and therefore patients must be advised not to undergo even minor surgeries. It may also cause heavy menstrual period or internal bleeding which can be reflected as blood in vomiting, bloody urine or stools, bloody eyes, or blurred vision. To avoid this your doctor would periodically measure your blood clotting time during treatment with ARTIFLO. Therefore, do not miss your regular hospital visits and take this medicine only as advised by your physician. Consult your doctor if you experience any unusual bleeding over a prolonged period.
How long will it take for ARTIFLO to start working?
It may take around 3-4 days for ARTIFLO to start working. If immediate blood thinning is necessary, your doctor may prescribe you with other potent anticoagulants (like heparin or warfarin) along with ARTIFLO during the initial days. Therefore, consult your doctor for advice.