What is Coumadin?
Coumadin is also known as Warfarin. It is an anticoagulant that reduces the formation of clots in the blood. Coumadin is used to treat and prevent blood clots in veins and arteries, as well as strokes and heart attacks.
What should you know before taking Coumadin?
Coumadin is contraindicated if you are allergic to Warfarin, if you suffer from hemophilia or any other inherited bleeding disorder, blood cell disorder, or bacterial endocarditis. You should not take it if you have blood in the urine or stool, had recent head injury, or if you have a bleeding in the brain or an aneurysm.
You should consult your doctor before taking Coumadin if you have any of these conditions: diabetes, thyroid problems, celiac sprue, congestive heart failure, recent surgery or if you have an upcoming surgery, and connective tissue disorder.
Coumadin is not recommended during pregnancy, if you intend to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Do not use cranberry or grapefruit products while taking Coumadin because they can interfere and make this medicine less effective.
Coumadin should be always taken with a prescription, and exactly as your doctor prescribed it. Do not take Coumadin for a longer time than prescribed or in smaller or larger doses.
Coumadin should be taken every day at the same time, with or without food.
While taking Coumadin it is very important to measure your blood clotting time. This will help your doctor determine for how long and in what doses you will need this medication. Blood clotting time is measured by INR and protrombine time tests. INR is usually measured weekly.
You should stop taking Coumadin before doing any dental work, having surgery, or if you need antibiotics. Always consult your doctor first and do not try to change the dose or even quit it on your own.
Be very careful while taking Coumadin because if you miss a dose it can cause your blood to clot, and if you overdose you will be in a risk of excessive bleeding. Always take Coumadin at the same time during the day.
Coumadin Side Effects
If you have signs of an allergic reaction or of an overdose with Coumadin seek emergency medical help.
Side effects of Coumadin include dizziness, headache, weakness, pale skin, fast heartbeat, hot or cold feeling, easy bruising, purple or red small spots under your skin, and bleeding from wounds.
One of the possible side effects of Coumadin that people claim to have is weight gain. It is not known for sure how or if Coumadin causes weight gain.
Using marijuana might increase the effects of warfarin (Coumadin). Smoking marijuana while taking warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the chance of bruising and bleeding.
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