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What Can People On Blood Thinners Take For Inflammation?

Whenever you are experiencing some form of physical pain, it is common for doctors to recommend using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Advil or Aleve. For people taking blood thinners, this is not so simple. 


Blood thinners and NSAIDs may interact in dangerous ways, which can far outweigh the benefits of taking such pain killers. Luckily, there are other natural alternatives to reduce inflammation and ease pain, without the adverse side effects of NSAIDS. 


Read on to discover what exactly inflammation is, and how natural supplements like ASYSTEM Radical Relief Anti-Inflammatory Pills, can function as an effective option for those people using blood thinners.


What Is Inflammation?


Inflammation often has a negative connotation, but it actually is an essential part of the immune response. When the immune system senses a threat, it floods the area with white blood cells to surround and protect it until it is healed.


In part, the white blood cells are able to move freely as a result of dilated blood vessels, which will also cause more blood to flow to the damaged tissue. Redness and heat, two common characteristics of acute inflammation, occur because of this blood flow.


There are two kinds of inflammation: acute and chronic. Foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and/or fungi can trigger acute inflammation. External injuries, such as a scraped knee or a splinter in the finger, can also cause acute inflammation. Finally, conditions ending in ‘-itis’, such as bronchitis and cystitis, are commonly associated with inflammation of various regions of the body (in this case, the bronchial tubes and the bladder, respectively).


Each of these causes are temporary threats to the body, but without acute inflammation they could become more dangerous. Typically non-serious infections like the common cold might become severe, and simple tissue damage might fester without the help of acute inflammation.


Common signs of acute inflammation are redness, heat, pain, swelling, and sometimes loss of function (depending on where the damage occurred). Of course, you may not experience all five of these symptoms, and it is possible you may not even notice when your body is undergoing acute inflammation. However, the next time you stub your toe and notice it become all red, recognize that that is a sign your body is responding to and treating the problem.


Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is not healthy. It is a response to unwanted toxins in the body that cannot be removed or healed simply. Such toxins include those created from cigarette smoke, or an excess of fat cells.


Plaque build-up in the arteries that increases the risk of clotting and therefore serious cardiac events is linked to chronic inflammation as well. This type of inflammation is also common with many autoimmune disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system accidentally attacks itself. While acute inflammation is completely normal, healthy, and even essential to proper immune function, chronic inflammation poses a major threat to your overall health.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are commonly used to treat inflammation and relieve pain. However, for people that are also using blood thinners, NSAIDs can have serious side effects. 


Blood Thinners And NSAIDs: A Dangerous Combination


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used to fight inflammation, ease pain, reduce fever/high temperature, and alleviate overall irritation. Anyone from arthritis patients to women suffering from severe menstrual cramps to someone fighting a common cold may benefit from the use of NSAIDs.


These pain-relieving drugs do have some side effects, like stomach ulcers, headaches, indigestion, and drowsiness/dizziness. They are also likely to interact with many commonly-used drugs/medications, which heightens the probability of adverse and more serious side effects. When drugs interact with each other they can behave unpredictably, and it may also minimize (or overdo) the effectiveness of both drugs. One such example of drugs that may interact poorly with NSAIDs are blood thinners.


The main role of blood thinners is to keep blood clots from forming, and to regulate previously-existing blood clots so that they cannot get any larger. The two types of blood thinners are anticoagulants (like warfarin), which slow the body’s production of blood clots, and anti platelet drugs (like aspirin), which stop blood cells from clumping together into blood clots. 


Blood clots in the arteries, veins, or heart are extremely serious and may cause blockages, stroke, or heart attacks. As such, people using blood thinners need to be very cautious when taking other drugs that may interact poorly together. 


The reason blood thinners and NSAIDs do not go well together is because blood thinners affect the function of blood cells (platelets), which may inhibit healthy blood clotting and increase the risk of unwanted bleeding. Adding blood thinners further to the mix will increase the risk of bleeding even more (especially in the stomach), and could potentially cause very serious side effects. 


People on blood thinners are not the only ones that should use alternatives to NSAIDs whenever possible in an effort to avoid negative drug interactions. If you take any of the following medications you should get medical advice before using NSAIDs:


  • Another NSAID (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) 
  • Diuretics (especially to treat high blood pressure)
  • Lithium
  • Ciclosporin (a treatment for various autoimmune disorders)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 
  • Methotrexate (for rheumatoid arthritis) 


While alternatives to NSAIDs may seem limited, there is a 100% natural and long-lasting solution available to alleviate your pain without the nasty potential side effects. 


A Natural Alternative To NSAIDs: ASYSTEM Radical Relief


ASYSTEM Radical Relief Anti-Inflammatory Pills is the first product to combine clinically-backed Turmacin with USA-grown, full-spectrum hemp powder extract CBD. The result is a totally natural supplement that is proven to reduce inflammation and pain, increase joint mobility, and minimize stress and mental tension. 


Turmacin is a solvent-free, natural compound that is derived from turmeric, a root bursting with antioxidants. Antioxidants work against inflammation by preventing cell damage caused by free radicals and allowing for optimal cell function and energy production. Turmacin’s effectiveness in reducing inflammation is even backed by a clinical study.


CBD is the other main ingredient, and stands for cannabidiol, a compound that comes from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high when consumed, although it may cause some drowsiness in a small percentage of users. CBD is generally well-tolerated by humans (and other mammals alike) and rarely causes side effects.


Due to issues of legality in the past when cannabis was still taboo, there have been few human clinical studies performed on CBD, but animal studies show promising results. Many patients dealing with persistent pain and inflammation find that CBD eases their pain, improves their sleep, and even minimizes anxiety and stress.


These two ingredients of ASYSTEM Radical Relief -- Turmacin and CBD -- work together in powerful synergy to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain symptoms, so you can bounce back from pain quicker and keep living your life the way you want to.


For easy and quick-working relief for a specific area of the body, ASYSTEM Radical Relief Anti-Inflammatory is also available as a gel roll-on


In Summary


Inflammation is a natural immune response that can be dangerous when it occurs chronically. Many people use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Aleve to alleviate inflammation-related pain, but NSAIDs aren’t a viable option for all those dealing with thee persistent issues.


Mixing blood thinners and NSAIDs increases the risk for bleeding, especially in the digestive tract, so people taking blood thinners should consider alternative pain relievers that don’t result in the same interactions. 


ASYSTEM Radical Relief Anti-Inflammatory Pills offer a 100% natural, long-lasting, clinically-backed solution to persistent pain, not just for those taking blood thinners, but for athletes, disabled vets, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone else just looking to feel their best. 



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