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Coumadin (Definition)

Coumadin also called as warfarin is a medication commonly used to prevent blood from clotting. It requires monitoring of inr (international normalized ratio) to make sure that dose is adequate for patient and disease entity ...Read more


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What diet pill is ok to take while taking coumadin?

What diet pill is ok to take while taking coumadin?

Diet pills: Anyone that is on Coumadin need to be aware of the drug drug interactions that occur and you will need to discuss with you doc and have the inr measured more frequently at the beginning. Diet pills only help to get you jump started on your diet. What you need is a change in you eating habits and exercise. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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What happens if you take too much coumadin?

What happens if you take too much coumadin?

Bleed: Coumadin is rat poison. It is used as an anticoagulant for certain medical conditions. The levels are closely monitored by your doc. Too much can thin you blood and could cause you to bleed and lose a lot of blood with its own consequences. ...Read more

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Can i take co q 10 with coumadin?

Yes: It does not have an interaction with coumadin, but regular checks of your inr will be important to ensure therapeutic dose of coumadin. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Wu
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I've been on Coumadin (warafin) for 5 weeks. I will continue it for another 5 months. Anyone know if i can be on diet while taking this drug?

I've been on Coumadin (warafin) for 5 weeks. I will continue it for another 5 months. Anyone know if i can be on diet while taking this drug?

Yes. : Truly you can have any diet when you're on coumadin, but the most important thing to remember is to be consistent with it. That way your physician can make adjustments to your Coumadin dose accordingly, and get your inr to the desired level no matter the kind of diet you have. ...Read more

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Can you take claratin and Coumadin with no issues?

Can you take claratin and Coumadin with no issues?

DrugDrug interaction: In general, there are no issues w/taking Claritin & Coumadin together (http://www.Drugs.Com/interactions-check.Php?Drug_list=1486-898, 2311-1529). However, your vitamin k diet can affect your Coumadin dose. It's always best to tell your doctor & pharmacist everything you're taking, whether prescription or otc, especially in the case of Coumadin which requires constant monitoring to achieve inr goal. ...Read more

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Can you safely take caltrate 600mg while on coumadin?

Can you safely take caltrate 600mg while on coumadin?

Yes: Generally the answer is yes. Although not as important with coumadin, many medications should not be taken with calcium supplements, given the risk of the calcium binding the medicine and not allowing it to be absorbed. The most importat thing to remember about Coumadin is consistency - when you take it, diet (especially foods high in vitamin k such as green, leafy vegetables), etc. ...Read more

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Inr 6.4 this am and still the dr wants me to continue to take 17.5 of Coumadin is this normal?

Inr 6.4 this am and still the dr wants me to continue to take 17.5 of Coumadin is this normal?

Not normal: 6.4 is too high...Talk to your physician again or get a second opinion...Would not recommend taking 17.5mg as scheduled. ...Read more

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I am bridging from heparin to Coumadin should I take them at the same time?

Generally Yes: Generally yes, usually "bridging" means using quick acting Heparin injections (most often lmwh) to anticoagulate until the Coumadin adequately anticoagulated you. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


Warfarin (Definition)

Warfarin is a medication used to thin the blood and to prevent or treat people with blood clots. It requires frequent blood ...Read more


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