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Mom has a Coumadin (warfarin) level of 8. Went ER she had a shot of vitamin k. When will she get into the safe zone? Can iron pills make her levels increase?

Mom has a Coumadin (warfarin) level of 8. Went ER she had a shot of vitamin k. When will she get into the safe zone? Can iron pills make her levels increase?

That's pretty high: Clearly her inr of 8 is pretty high. Vitamin k takes a few days to work but that would be the best way to treat unless she's having active bleeding. It should start to come down, but you'll need to follow pretty closely over the next few days. Iron would only serve to increase hemoglobin but that would also take a few days. ...Read more

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How often should I have my Coumadin (warfarin) levels checked?

How often should I have my Coumadin (warfarin) levels checked?

That is a: Tough one. In general frequent testing is needed to get I right at the outset. After that increased monitoring is needed with change in health status, especially new mess which may interact. ...Read more

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Whare can I find a list of foods to avoid while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Whare can I find a list of foods to avoid while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

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

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What foods and drinks am I supposed to avoid while on coumadin (warfarin)?

What foods and drinks am I supposed to avoid while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Green leafy vegies: Green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin k and can affect bleeding time and should not be taken with coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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What causes your INR level to go from 2.3 to 1.3 and I am in coumadin (warfarin)?

What causes your INR level to go from 2.3 to 1.3 and I am in coumadin (warfarin)?

Multiple factors: Coumadin (warfarin) interacts with a number of gods and medications. Please check the following link for detailed information. Http://m.circ. Ahajournals. Org/content/119/8/e220.full. ...Read more

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Is their any serious side affect when ur Coumadin (warfarin) level is a bit high. I'm supposed to be from 2.0 to 3.0 and right now I'm 3.6?

Is their any serious side affect when ur Coumadin (warfarin) level is a bit high. I'm supposed to be from 2.0 to 3.0 and right now I'm 3.6?

Yes: Coumadin (warfarin) is a drug which inhibits the ability of your blood to clot properly. If the inr gets above therapeutic ranges it increases the chances that you may have spontaneous bleeding. This should be explained to you carefully by the doctor who prescribed this. Go and see them asap. ...Read more

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Foods to avoid when taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Foods to avoid when taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Your doctor: Will ask you to be consistent in the intake of vitamin k rich foods ie green leafy vegetables. This will allow consistent regulation of the coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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Does taking karatom effect Coumadin (warfarin) level?

Does taking karatom effect Coumadin (warfarin) level?

Kratom?: There is no listing for karatom. I assume you mean kratom? The answer is: no one knows. It's never been systematically studied. I read about this herb: http://www. Erowid. Org/plants/kratom/kratom_effects. Shtml - like so many herbs, it claims highly variable and opposite effects. My personal feeling is that it is foolish to use such drugs - you have no idea what you're actually getting. ...Read more

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Are there foods to avoid when taking warfarin/coumadin?

Are there foods to avoid when taking warfarin/coumadin?

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 more

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Foods that are safe to eat while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Foods that are safe to eat while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

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 (warfarin). To keep your pt/inr level stable, you need to have a consistent intake of vitamin k. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of having high levels of coumadin (warfarin)?

What are the dangers of having high levels of coumadin (warfarin)?

Bleeding: Excessive bleeding is the danger of too much coumadin (warfarin). Bleeding into the skin can cause bruising and pain. Into muscle can cause a hematoma and stiffness and could lead to a compartment syndrome. Into a joint, can cause swelling, stiffness, and pain. In the stomach and intestines, can anemia and gastrointestinal bleeding black, tarry stools and diarrhea. Into brain can cause a stroke. ...Read more

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How often should you have your Coumadin (warfarin) levels checked?

How often should you have your Coumadin (warfarin) levels checked?

Depends: Great question; if you are on the medication longterm most healtcare providers check protimes/inrs every month. In the most recent guidelines, however, some organizations are suggesting that every three months may be just as good. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should one avoid when taking coumadin (warfarin)?

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Please suggest what foods should one avoid when taking coumadin (warfarin)?

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

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Why might it be that my Coumadin (warfarin) levels go up and down continually?

INR: Coumadin (warfarin) affects certain factors in your blood responsible for blood clotting. While Coumadin (warfarin) prevents these from working properly, they are continually made by your liver and are replenished. This results in the inr going up and down, so your physician needs to adjust your Coumadin (warfarin) dose accordingly. Maintaining a routine diet makes adjusting Coumadin (warfarin) much easier. ...Read more

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What could be causing my Coumadin (warfarin) levels to go up and down continually?

Diet or generic...: Dietary foods can make Coumadin levels go up and down, so can certain medications. If all else is the same, the biggest cause is getting generic Coumadin (warfarin). The fda allows generic houses to be +/- 20% bio-equivalent of their trade name partners, so a dose could theoretically be off by as much by 40%. Ask your doctor to try trade name coumadin, be careful with a drug with a narrow range. ...Read more

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How does eating leafy greens effect the Coumadin (warfarin) level in a person on coumadin (warfarin)?

How does eating leafy greens effect the Coumadin (warfarin) level in a person on coumadin (warfarin)?

Lowers INR: If you eat spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, parsley or other leafy greens, this may counteract the effect of Coumadin (warfarin) on blood clotting, making your blood thicker and lowering your inr. If you like leafy greens, you should eat a consistent amount each week and titrate your Coumadin (warfarin) dosage based on that. ...Read more

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Does eating avocado & dry oregano affect my Coumadin (warfarin) dosage? My last rnr level was 2.4. I'm taking 2.5 mlg everyday except tu & fri (i take 5mlg)

Does eating avocado & dry oregano affect my Coumadin (warfarin) dosage? My last rnr level was 2.4. I'm taking 2.5 mlg everyday except tu & fri (i take 5mlg)

Yes, they can: Avacado and oregano both have vitamin k and can alter inr levels. If you take the same amount daily, the Coumadin dose will be adjusted around this. Don't make any sudden diet changes, especially with an artificial heart valve.
http://www. Healthaliciousness. Com/articles/food-sources-of-vitamin-k.php
http://www. Ptinr. Com/warfarin-you/dietary-food-beverage/food-interactions/avocado-and-warfari. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having too high levels of coumadin (warfarin)?

What are the risks of having too high levels of coumadin (warfarin)?

The dose that works.: There is no exact upper limit to Coumadin (warfarin) although the most I have seen someone need is about 12mg daily. Because Coumadin (warfarin) is so closely monitored with blood tests the right answer is the limit is the dose that gets you to your goal inr. Some people are genetically "coumadin resistant" and need much higher doses and people with high vitamin k diets also need higher doses. ...Read more

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What are the risks of Coumadin (warfarin) levels of 3.1 is it a concern?

What are the risks of Coumadin (warfarin) levels of 3.1 is it a concern?

Minimal: An inr of 3.1 is minimally elevated. Most patients goal inr is 2.5 to 3.0. There are always risks to using comadin but this do not put you at excessive risk. ...Read more

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What else, other than coumadin, (warfarin) can raise your INR measurement?

What else, other than coumadin, (warfarin) can raise your INR measurement?

Factor VII, vit K: If pt. Is not on warfarin (coumadi)...Lack of vitamin k, factor vii deficiency. If pt. Is on warfarin. ..Steroids may increase it, also most antibiotics and a long list of meds that compete against the transporting protein. Check with hematologists. ...Read more

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Is having an INR level of 1.8-1.9 safe to have; im on Coumadin (warfarin) (2.5mlg 4 days, 5mlg 2 days out of the week).

Is having an INR level of 1.8-1.9 safe to have; im on Coumadin (warfarin) (2.5mlg 4 days, 5mlg 2 days out of the week).

Probably not ideal: Generally we like to see someone's inr be between 2 and 3 if you have a blood clot, although sometimes we make exceptions if you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) for other reasons. Talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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What ordinary foods can affect Coumadin (warfarin) therapy?

What ordinary foods can affect Coumadin (warfarin) therapy?

Vitamin K foods: Coumadin (warfarin) acts against Vitamin K in the blood clotting reaction process, Therefore, foods high in this vitamin act to reduce the efficacy of Coumadin (warfarin). Green leafy vegetables are high in Vitamin K as are others that you can search. Be aware, bacteria in the gut produce Vitamin K, so antibiotics reducing them can reduce vitamin production and enhance Coumadin (warfarin) effects. ...Read more

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What should. You do if your on Coumadin (warfarin) and your blood level is 1.4?

What should. You do if your on Coumadin (warfarin) and your blood level is 1.4?

Depends on…: What goal level is supposed to be. Usually doc prescribing anticoagulant will advise u of current level, target level, & whether u should stay on same dose or increase or decrease it & when you should have blood test again. Also be aware of what foods can interfere with Coumadin (warfarin) levels. ...Read more

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Can Coumadin levels be accurately monitored by a finger stick instead of a blood draw? Following a roux-n-y gastric bypass I suffered a perforated ulcer, splenectomy, collapsed lung, disconnected bowel, numerous septic infections, 18 months of picc lines,

Can Coumadin levels be accurately monitored by a finger stick instead of a blood draw? Following a roux-n-y gastric bypass I suffered a perforated ulcer, splenectomy, collapsed lung, disconnected bowel, numerous septic infections, 18 months of picc lines,

Yes. A finger stick: It sounds like you have suffered some real problems. I know it seems hard to believe, but you will likely have a full recovery. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. ...Read more

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How long after begin off Coumadin (warfarin) can I start back enjoying vitamin K foods and red wine?

How long after begin off Coumadin (warfarin) can I start back enjoying vitamin K foods and red wine?

Immediately for K...: The reason to avoid vit k on Coumadin (warfarin) is that it reduces the effectiveness of Coumadin (warfarin) (though I advise people eat consistent levels of food with k & adjust Coumadin (warfarin) dose accordingly) so you can eat k right away. Alcohol can thin the blood so one should limit to 2 glasses of wine/day while on it. Within 5 days of stopping (sooner if you eat k foods) Coumadin (warfarin) is out of your body so occ. More is ok. ...Read more

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What would cause my therepeutic Coumadin dosage increase to reach my target inr? I have antiphospholipid syndrome, (diagnosed in 2002 after my eighth blood clot) my pcp used to check my pro. Time to see if I was threpeutic. I started going to a Coumadin c

What would cause my therepeutic Coumadin dosage increase to reach my target inr? I have antiphospholipid syndrome, (diagnosed in 2002 after my eighth blood clot) my pcp used to check my pro. Time to see if I was threpeutic. I started going to a Coumadin c

Ussually: Ussually the inr is considered to be adecuate between 2, 5 and 3, so I am not clear why is 4 or 5, or may be I am missing something. There are many reasons for changes in the dosage of nmedications, that go from the medication it self (produccion, quality, efficacy, byoavalilability etc etc etc) to issues with the patient, again metabolism, interaction with food, medications and behavior of the medication within the body. The important issue is to keep the inr in the propper range. ...Read more

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My strep throat came back. But b'cuz my Coumadin (warfarin) level is high right now @ 3.6. I don't know if I should finish the antibiotic I have amoxicillin?

My strep throat came back. But b'cuz my Coumadin (warfarin) level is high right now @ 3.6. I don't know if I should finish the antibiotic I have amoxicillin?

See below: The use of antibiotic can enhance the GI absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) and hence increased inr. Check with your doctor for holding Coumadin (warfarin) until your inr is in therapeutic range. You need the antibiotic if you have a strep infection. ...Read more

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