Warfarin is an anticoagulant medicine (blood thinner) which works by reducing the clotting ability of the blood. The effectiveness of Warfarin and therefore, the ability of the blood to clot, is measured by a blood test known as an INR. Normally, an up-to-date INR is required before surgery to assess whether the Warfarin dose needs to be adjusted.
Tranexamic acid inhibits the breakdown of blood clots and can reduce the risk of post-operative bleeding. For oral surgery, it is effective as a mouth rinse. One Tranexamic acid tablet should be dissolved in 10mls of water (1 tablespoon). This will take 5-10 minutes.
Gently rinse this solution around the mouth and over the surgical site(s) for 2 minutes, and then spit out.
On the day of surgery do your first Tranexamic acid mouth rinse in the evening at 6pm, and then again as late as possible (immediately before going to bed).
The following day and over the next 7 days, use the mouth rinse 4 times a day:
Remember to come along to your Post-Op Check Appointment. You will have been told the date.
If you have any problems before then, please contact us:
Office: 03 3551155 or Jason Erasmus: 021 873 783