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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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I am getting off of Coumadin (warfarin) for leech therapy. Should I expect withdrawals?

I am getting off of Coumadin (warfarin) for leech therapy. Should I expect withdrawals?

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.

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Is shaving safe on warfarin?

Is shaving safe on warfarin?

Probably: You need to be careful as it will take longer for the nicks to stop oozing. Many people switch to electric razors for this reason.

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Foods to avoid while taking warfarin?

Foods to avoid while taking warfarin?

Avoid all foods and: Supplements containing vitamin k. Be sure to check the labels of vitamins and meal replacements.

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Are there any alternatives for warfarin?

Are there any alternatives for warfarin?

Many: As dr. Villaplana said, there are several. There are shots and pills. Although using alternatives to warfarin means that you don't have to be as careful about what you eat and you don't have to have regular blood tests to check whether you are getting too much or too little warfarin, they still have drawbacks. One of the most significant is that the alternatives are all a lot more expensive.

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Please describe the medication: warfarin?

Blood Thinner: Warfarin is an oral medicine that reduces the vit k dependent clotting factors in blood. This slows down the clotting cascade and reduces the formation of blood clotts.

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Why is the dosing of warfarin so difficult?

Why is the dosing of warfarin so difficult?

Diet, genetics, etc.: The effect of warfarin varies with diet, genetic factors, other medications, herbals and otc's, etc. It is one of the most difficult drugs to manage. This is why there is so much excitement about new agents that don't suffer these issues.

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Does botox affect warfarin?

Does botox affect warfarin?

No, but warfarin does: Botox does not affect warfarin but being on warfarin does increase your risk of bleeding and bruising so let your plastic surgeon know if you are on blood thinners or have a neuromuscular disease as Botox is contraindicated in some patients.

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What is coumadin (warfarin)?

What is coumadin (warfarin)?

An anticoagulant: Used for conditions that cause or predispose someone to abnormal coagulant states such atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves or clots in leg or arm veins as well as during certain sugeries on blood vessels.

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What is the warfarin disease?

What is the warfarin disease?

Don't know: I googled "warfarin disease" and couldn't find anything other than warfarin necrosis which is a condition that occurs in some people who are treated with warfarin (a blood thinner). Within a few days of starting treatment, a paradoxical increase in clotting can occur in some individuals leading to skin/sq fat death. Typically this occurs in obese, middle-aged women.

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Can selenium affect warfarin?

Unlikely: I am not aware of any significant interaction between selenium and warfarin.

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Can I take warfarin with vigra?

Can I take warfarin with vigra?

Yes.: Taking a standard dose of viagra (sildenafil) with warfarin will not pose a problem. If you took it daily for pulmonary hypertension, you would need to adjust your warfarin dose!

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Is redbush tea safe with warfarin?

Is redbush tea safe with warfarin?

Probably, however...: I am not a fan of warfarin because it has more interactions than any drug; it seems like virtually every food & medicine renders it more or less active. Redbush tea is not known to interact with warfarin but it would not surprise me if it did to some degree. Try it but monitor your PT to make sure the dose does not need adjusting. I advise taking a low dose of Vit K. See http://tinyurl. Com/n4vpk8b

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Can you give blood if using warfarin?

Can you give blood if using warfarin?

No: Blood thinners like warfarin and anti-platelet medications are generally not compatible with blood donation. Check with your local red cross for details.

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How effective is Coumadin (warfarin)?

How effective is Coumadin (warfarin)?

Quite effective: It requires monitoring of INR to make sure that the dose is appropriate. New anticoagulants don't require monitoring

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Coumadin (Definition)

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