Vitamins & Supplements

Taking vitamins and supplements can be part of a healthy diet. But for people with hemophilia and inhibitors, there are some special considerations.

Read your supplement labels carefully! Some vitamins and supplements can interfere with blood clotting — and could be harmful. For instance, a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids (commonly known as fish oil) may increase the risk of bleeding. Also, large doses of vitamin E can act as an anticoagulant and stop platelets from coming together, which can increase the risk of bleeding problems.3

Always check with your doctor or hemophilia treatment center before starting any new supplement regimen.28

What to Avoid

Avoid supplements that might adversely affect bleeding and clotting times, such as28:

  • Ginseng
  • Gingko biloba
  • Fresh ginger (not dried ginger)
  • Garlic in large amounts
  • Feverfew
  • Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
  • Willow bark

Check with your doctor or hemophilia treatment center for a full list of herbal supplements that you should avoid.