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Is warfarin a blood thinner?

Is warfarin a blood thinner?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more


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Does warfarin blood thinner block k1 and k2 vitamins? M

Does warfarin blood thinner block k1 and k2 vitamins?
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Vitamin K antagonist: In medical school, we memorized clotting cascade. Warfarin works by blocking (formation of) vitamin K dependent factors (http://goo.gl/LP1DwM). Therefore, the more vitamin K rich foods eg dark leafy greens that you consume, the greater the dose of warfarin that you'll need. That's why it's also important to eat same am't daily (or none at all) to keep blood thinness just right (as measured by INR) ...Read more

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Does prune juice have enough vitamin K to affect my warfarin blood thinner?

Does prune juice have enough vitamin K to affect my warfarin blood thinner?

Prune juice: Vitamin K, how much prune juice are you drinking? It would take a lot to alter your INR. One cup has a bit less than 10mcg, that's not much if that's all you are ingesting. ...Read more

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Can I get a tattoo after a mechanical mitral valve replacement and now on Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinners)?

Can I get a tattoo after a mechanical mitral valve replacement and now on Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinners)?

No: You should be on antibiotics in advance to minimize chance of infection. You also are going to bleed because of the coumadin (warfarin). I doubt your cardiologist will stop Coumadin (warfarin) for a tattoo.If you decide to do this there may be bleeding in the skin which will affect the appearance of the tattoo. ...Read more

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What are the dangers in taking a blood thinner like warfarin and depression medicane like zoloft (sertraline)?

What are the dangers in taking a blood thinner like warfarin and depression medicane like zoloft (sertraline)?

May increase INR: The combination may incease the inr, increasing the risk of bleeding. If you are maintained on a constant zoloft (sertraline) dose, the addition of warfarin can be monitored to limit the risk. ...Read more

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I take Coumadin (warfarin) and my gums are bleeding a little could this be caused by the blood thinner and what should I do?

See a dentist: The Coumadin (warfarin) could contribute to the bleeding gums. However, gum disease is the #1 cause of bleeding gums. Please see a dentist to have your teeth and gums examined. ...Read more

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Does Coumadin (warfarin) make you extremely fatigued? Is there a medication that is a blood thinner but you don't need an INR check?

Rivaroxaban.: Coumadin (warfarin) does not make you extremely fatigued unless you're anemic from occult bleeding because of a supratherapeutic (i.e., really high) inr. Make sure you stay on top of your inr and, if you're feeling really fatigued, to have your hemoglobin/hematocrit (which is your blood count) checked. Rivaroxaban is a blood thinner that doesn't require monitoring. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can we take aloe vera juice if having cirohsis and am on blood thinner (warfarin)?

I think it's fine: There's some unknowns about all these botanicals, but after a short review, I can't find any reason to think it will harm or help you. ...Read more

Anticoagulant (Definition)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process ...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