BenGay and anticoagulants

Community Spotlight: Beware of BenGay?
Interesting tidbits are always showing up in WomenHeart’s Online Support Community. One of our Heart Sisters recently shared her discovery that some topical ointments used to treat sore muscles could be a dangerous combination with anticoagulants. Turns out this is actually true. Blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin could have a negative interaction with topical ointments containing methyl salicylates, a chemical compound similar to aspirin that can be absorbed into the bloodstream and possibly cause further blood thinning.

However, it’s important to note, as did the several Heart Sisters participating in the discussion, that a small amount of these topical ointments may not cause any adverse reactions and that there are also several other types of muscle-relieving ointments available in drugstores that do not contain salicylates. But here’s the most important piece of advice: ask your doctor. When you are a woman faced with a lot of new medications, it’s easy to forget that even the most common over-the-counter preparation may contain ingredients that can cause unforeseen complications. So when in doubt, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about any contraindications before taking any non-prescription medications.

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2 thoughts on “BenGay and anticoagulants

  1. Reblogged this on Nina's Garden and commented:
    It’s both astonishing and APPALLING how many things are contra-indicated.
    once you are on three medications, your doctor can pretty much no longer predict what side effects or interactions you will experience

    it seems that the more medications you are on to manage chronic illness or even temporary ones, the more side effects you get causing a cascade need for more medications to manage the new side effects

    until pretty soon, you don’t know if what you are experience is a side effect or a symptom and even worse – from what – the medication, the combination or the illness you started with or the illnesses the medications have caused you.

    have to wonder about the value of modern medicine sometimes when it seems like we are lab rats in a chemical experiment….

    • I often joke it is called practicing medicine because we have no idea what works and what doesn’t. So we practice on patients. Medications side effects are so challenging. I believe the future to be genetically testing each person and matching correct med to patient knowing that we cannot use a cook book approach..

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