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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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How risky is attempting pregnancy at the age of 40, mild lupus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome currently taking coumadin (warfarin)?

How risky is attempting pregnancy at the age of 40, mild lupus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome currently taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Risks are low!: I do not see major risks in becoming pregnant, that is if you get pregnant. You will be switched to heparin, probably once daily lovenox (enoxaparin). But your lupus can be managed successfully during pregnancy, and the hughes syndrome should be a non-issue if on an anticoagulant. Hope you achieve your goal! ...Read more

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I had a positive lupus antibody and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this safe?

I had a positive lupus antibody and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this safe?

Depends...: Patients who only have lupus anticoagulant or other anti-phospholipid antibodies should not be routinely anticoagulated with warfarin unless they have had a clot. Patients who have not had a clot are best off just taking a baby Aspirin daily. If you have not had a blood clot but you are being prescribed warfarin for just having antibodies, seek a 2nd opinion by another rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I got a positive lupus antibody test in june and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this accurate?

I got a positive lupus antibody test in june and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this accurate?

Need more informatio: There are a lot more details that we need. Hey positive antinuclear body by itself does not require lifelong warfarin. I suspect this advice was given because of other findings. Your rheumatologist should be able to help clarify this advice. ...Read more

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Many blood clotting disorders but my Lupus Anticoag. just came back neg (had 3 prior +). This time they stopped warfarin to check - should i retest?

Many blood clotting disorders but my Lupus Anticoag. just came back neg (had 3 prior +). This time they stopped warfarin to check - should i retest?

Sounds : Complicated and we only have a tiny piece of your history puzzle. Sounds like you have a good hematologist who is watching out for you. Trust your doc! ...Read more

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Coumadin (Definition)

Coumadin is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more