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Depending on your treatment plan for antiphospholipid syndrome, there are additional steps you can take to protect your health.
If your antiphospholipid syndrome requires that you take anticoagulant medication, take extra precautions to keep from injuring yourself and to avoid bleeding. Follow these suggestions:
Certain foods and medications may affect how well your anticoagulants work. Ask your doctor for guidance about:
Safe dietary choices. Vitamin K can lessen the effectiveness of warfarin. It's important to be consistent in how much vitamin K you get daily. The average daily value of vitamin K for adult men is 120 micrograms (mcg). For adult women, it's 90 mcg. While eating small amounts of foods that are rich in vitamin K may not be harmful, avoid eating large amounts of kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, collard greens, mustard greens and soybeans.
On the other hand, cranberry juice and alcohol may dangerously increase warfarin's blood-thinning effect. Ask your doctor if you need to limit or avoid these drinks.
If you have antiphospholipid antibodies but do not take anticoagulant medication, take these precautions:
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