Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Garlic Cause Blood-Clotting Problems?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 09:55 AM

 Question: Recent lab work showed that my blood platelet count was low. I eat garlic a lot and I heard this can cause low platelets. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
A low platelet count is not likely caused by garlic in your diet. But it is probably best to stop the garlic and any other supplements that are non-prescribed until the cause of your low platelet level is determined and addressed by your doctor.
 
You should also avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents that are known to decrease platelet function. If follow-up tests of your platelet counts do not show an improvement, ask your doctor for a consultation with a hematologist.
 
This is also a good time to bring your doctor up to date with your medication and supplement use and concerns.

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Garlic isn't usually a cause of low platelet counts, but you should check with your doctor to rule out any potential problems.
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