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Leech therapy: There is a paucity of controlled scientific evidence of this form of therapy. If you have thromboembolic disease, i would be most careful about this decision. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Is it possible to get withdrawals from warfarin? I stopped taking it last week after 10 months and have since been suffering with severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, hot flashes...Could this be from the warfarin or something else? I'm a 23 yo female.
Warfarin: Warfarin does not produce withdrawal symptoms. When you stop warfarin you clot your blood easier. A lot of the symptoms you mention really have nothing to do with stopping warfarin. ...Read moreGet help now ›
If a 90 yr old was taken off of Coumadin 5 weeks ago and then had a heart attack, could that cause blockage in the heart that caused heart attack?
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Does anyone have any suggestions of any alternatives that can be taken in place of warafin or coumadin?
Yes: There are alternatives - best to be discussed with your physician. ...Read moreGet help now ›
What vegetables do you suggest that i eat or don't eat that will not affect the Coumadin while im taking it?
The problem: The problem is not so much what vegetables to avoid, but in being consistent with your intake. Vegetables and their nutrients are very important for your overall health. I agree with my colleagues that large amounts of vit k can interfere with coumadin's anti-thrombotic effect, but your Coumadin dose can be adjusted to your diet. Whole foods are much safer than vit k supplements in this regard. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Avoid....: Herbs, dark leafy greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, cabbage and pickles all contain high amounts of vitamin k. These foods need to be eaten sparingly if you are on coumadin. To keep your pt/inr level stable, you need to have a consistent intake of vitamin k. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Varies: I love dr. Klein's answer: "the dose that works." he is absolutely right. Certain south-east asian populations have the genetics he mentioned that makes them require higher doses of Coumadin than others the same weight. Generally, smaller people need less than larger, too, but not always. Diet has a lot to do with dosage need. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Greens and such!: If you are on coumadin/warfarin, you should avoid foods high in vitamin k. If you eat set amounts of these foods on a daily basis, you shold inform the person managing your coumadin. Adjustments in your dosing will be made. You should either avoid them or maintain a steady state of the foods you eat. This is a very serious drug with complications and you must compy with care very closely. ...Read moreGet help now ›
How does not eating/fasting effect you when taking coumadin/warfarin? Should i take lower dose if planning to fast? I plan on fasting for 72 hours.
Impossible to say: It would be impossible to say because of the many intricate effects of foods and beverages on coumadin. I recommend you let your prescribing doctor know that you are fasting. I am sure your doctor will want you to get your inr checked right after the fast (and maybe before.). ...Read moreGet help now ›
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