Should I take my anticoagulant?

Just got back from hospital after an emergency visit for an acute infection in my tear duct (lump the size of a golf ball). I have to go back tomorrow to get it drained, which will involve a small incision under local anaesthetic. I am already on antibiotics.

FIrst saw a junior doctor whose treatment plan was countermanded by the consultant. Consultant looked at me only briefly but did not read notes thoroughly, although he was aware that I have a history of this problem. Obviously not aware that I have AF as he suggested that I take ibuprofen, also told the sister to prepare a local anaesthetic including adrenalin. I put him straight on both of those points. However, I forgot to ask if I should take my Rivaroxaban.

THe procedure is planned for the morning. Should I avoid taking the Rivaroxaban until I get to the hospital and ask them when I get there? Anyone else been in a similar situation and did being on an anticoagulant cause you a problem during a minor procedure?

7 Replies

  • I'd give the department at the hospital a quick call and see what they say.


  • Give them a call and secure an answer in advance. Good luck with your procedure.

  • It's probably too minor a procedure to warrant stopping your rivoroxaban

  • I was in hospital for nearly a month with a wound infection involving 2 ops under GA to wash out the wound. They bridged me with Heparin for first and didn't bother after. Just kept me on my Edoxaban. The strong antibiotics did cause blood in my stools though causing anaemia, so be aware. Good luck.

  • Just for info. The situation resolved itself as the abscess burst overnight and they decided that the surgical procedure wasn't necessary. I anticipated that they would decide not to do it so took the Rivaroxaban as normal this morning.

  • Good result! Hope all will go well from now on.

  • Result. Just for the record, I always stop pradaxa 12 hours before anything involving blood loss.

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