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Antibiotics And Inr
I am 70 taking Coumadin 5 m"g daily 9 months after massive PE. Could preventive antibiotics Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg twice a day for one week raise INR?
Coumadin/Augmentin: Using coumadin (warfarin) together with amoxicillin (in augmentin) may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you are elderly or have kidney or liver impairment. You may need more frequent monitoring of your prothrombin time or INR by your doctor to use both medications. The question is why are you taking prophylactic antibiotics. They have very limited indications. ...Read more
Anything above 1.5: The INR is a measure of how "thin" the blood is, typically due to the use of prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin). A normal INR is 1.0. Anything above that is abnormal. For people on coumadin, the typical goal INR is 2.5 to 4.0 depending on the particular condition it is being used for. ...Read more
It is important to: Take your Coumadin (warfarin) as prescribed and about the same time each day. Usually we tell patients about 4 in the afternoon, which allows you to adjust the dose on the day of lab tests. You also need to be consistent in your consumption of green leafy vegetables, due to the vitamin k content. ...Read more
Headache? Go to ER!: Hit your head with a hammer and you'll find out. The INR indicates how more likely you are to bleed (for whatever reason). It doesn't cause symptoms on its own. So if you are careful and don't cut yourself or fall over into a dry riverbed, etc you should do fine. Hopefully, you were advised about what to do about your medication. An INR of 5.1 isn't so bad, so don't worry, unless something bleeds ...Read more
INR: Inr is a measure of clotting involving factors which we block with the drug warfarin. When the inr is high the factors are being blocked and clotting is inhibited. Usually we aim for an inr of 2 to 3 times standard. Sometimes we aim higher. If not on warfarin then the liver may be damaged causing the factors to be low. ...Read more
The pt and PTT labs measure components of the blood clotting cascade. Abnormalities of one or the other or both lead towards the type of clotting abnormality (extrinsic or intrinsic pathway abnormality).
Inr is the international normalized ratio, a derived number based on pt to normalize a variation done in different labs or with different testing systems. It is used in patients on coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more
Not directly: Obviously, if you stop taking your oral anticoagulant medications for the surgery, that would affect the inr. But typically, a patient with a normal INR should not have clinically significant changes. In other words, any changes that occur may be measurable but not usually of practical importance. Some reports have suggested some alterations in response to the surgery though. ...Read more
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No: This is the normal levelGet a more detailed answer ›
Usually: Put a call to the prescribing physician who will likely increase your dose. ...Read more
See details: The range should be 2-2.5 but in severe cases a level of 2.5-3 may be warranted. ...Read more
Does using ecigarettes effect a persons INR levels. I'm on warfarin and my range is from 2.5 -3.5?
Thank you. What is causing the high INR level of 15+. Could it be cancer. It was 17.9 two weeks ago.
Coumadin (warfarin): Assuming your not on Coumadin (warfarin), other causes include liver disease, blood factor deficiencies. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my INR rate was just is 1.4 (supposed to be 2-3) do I need more or less warfarin?
More: You need more, but the question is: how much more? Only your regular provider can answer that! ...Read more
Besides warfarin wot can I do to help with my INR it shud be 2.5 -3.5 but over last yr it's been anywhere between 1.4 - 7.2?
Do this:: Try to eat a relatively monotonous diet - especially about the same amount of greens every day. Inform your doctor of any medicine changes (started or stopped) including over the counter meds and herbal preps. Get your value checked often, at least once a week until your INR is remaining between 2.5 and 3.5 several times in a row. Put your meds in a weekly dispenser to confirm you took it daily. ...Read more