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is warfarin a blood thinner?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
7 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: Coumadin (warfarin) is routinely used as a chronic blood thinner. It works by inhibiting several coagulation factors (factors ii, vii, ix, and x) as well as anticoagulating factors (proteins c and s). Patients are typically "bridged" to Coumadin with another blood thinner like heparin.
Answered on Apr 20, 2017
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Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King commented
39 years experience Phlebology
Nice answer, Dr. Kumar.
May 25, 2012
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Not really: That is a public term for anticoagulants and some anti platelet agents. The blood clotting is interfered with by coumadin- warfarin and that is tested by inr blood testing to achieve therapy level. The blood is still blood- not anemic or "thinned".
Answered on Jun 23, 2018

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