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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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Should i get a second opinion regarding my Coumadin (warfarin) prescription?

Should i get a second opinion regarding my Coumadin (warfarin) prescription?

It probably depends: On how much you liked the first opinion. In all seriousness, the usual question is how long should therapeutic anti coagulation continue. There is room for opinion here and seeing a specialist may reassure you. ...Read more

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I want to get off of coumadin (warfarin). Which of the new Coumadin (warfarin) substitutes should I consider (perhaps off label)?

I want to get off of coumadin (warfarin). Which of the new Coumadin (warfarin) substitutes should I consider  (perhaps off label)?

Talk to your doctor.: You could consider any of the new ones, but they are not without drawbacks including expense and long term safety issues. Question is....Does your doctor think it is right for you? ...Read more

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If you get appendicitis while on Coumadin (warfarin) can they still do surgery? Is the surgery more risky from the chance of bleeding?

If you get appendicitis while on Coumadin (warfarin) can they still do surgery? Is the surgery more risky from the chance of bleeding?

Surgery can be done: In cases in which patients are anticoagulated with warfarin and need emergent surgery fresh frozen plasma transfusion and vitamin K can be used to reverse the anticoagulation effect by warfarin and decrease bleeding during and after surgery resulting from warfarin treatment. Every time there is a higher chance of bleeding there is a higher chance of adverse events and risk to the patient. ...Read more

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Can i still get another blood clot of I am on coumadin (warfarin)?

Can i still get another blood clot of I am on coumadin (warfarin)?

Absolutely: While a theraputic Coumadin (warfarin) level reduces your risk of a clot, it is still possible to form thrombus while on coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After using coumadin, (warfarin) could I get pregnant without complications?

I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After using coumadin, (warfarin) could I get pregnant without complications?

You should consult with your physician to change ot another medication before bcoming pregnant.: Pregnancy is a time when there is greater risk for blood clots, especially around the time of delivery. If you have a history of a blood clot with risk factors for getting another blood clot in the future, your doctor and you should discuss safe medications to use before you become pregnant. Coumadin (trade name for warfarin) crosses the placenta and is associated with what is described as the warfarin embryopathy, which includes facial structure abnormalities, effects on the development of the bones of the arms and legs, poor growth, prematurity and mental retardation. Fortunately, there are medications that are considered safe during pregnancy and which do not cross the placenta, these include unfractionated Heparin and low molecular weight heparin, both of which are protective against blood clot formation. They appear to be safe for the fetus after extensive use during pregnancy. Your doctor can help arrange a switch from Coumadin to one of these medications and still keep you and your baby safe for pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have a coagulation problem that caused dvt. After Coumadin (warfarin) therapy, can I get pregnant without complications?

Dvt: Interesting question Most likely when pregnant you may be placed on heparin used currently as lovenox as women with hypercoagluability are more prone to potential miscarriage Discuss this with your ob and hematologist ...Read more

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I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After Coumadin (warfarin) therapy, will there be any complications if i get pregnant?

I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After Coumadin (warfarin) therapy, will there be any complications if i get pregnant?

Requires extra care!: You are probably referring to a "thrombophilia" - a condition which makes a person more likely to form blood clots in the veins of the legs or pelvis. These can break free and travel to the lungs where they are potentially lethal. Women who have thrombophilias can have healthy pregnancies, but require special care. You may need to use Heparin during pregnancy and will need a hematologist's care! ...Read more

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Can I get another stroke or AVN from my antithrobin III deficiency and protein S bleeding disorders even when on Coumadin (warfarin)?

Can I get another stroke or AVN from my antithrobin III deficiency and protein S bleeding disorders even when on Coumadin (warfarin)?

Yes but......: The idea is to reduce your risk of stroke. You should take some time to discuss stroke prevention with your neurologist the next visit. Set aside at least 20 minutes to get a better idea of the risks and benefits of taking Coumadin (warfarin) with your bleeding /clotting diathesis. Make sure when you confirm your appointment with the stroke specialist you let his staff know you will have lots of questions ...Read more

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What to do if I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After Coumadin (warfarin) therapy, can I get pregnant without complications?

What to do if I have a coagulation defect that caused dvt. After Coumadin (warfarin) therapy, can I get pregnant without complications?

Complicated issue: You should not be on Coumadin (warfarin) if you are trying to be pregnant. Pregnancy increases the risk of clots and you may need to be Heparin type anticoagulant during pregnancy. It is not an issue for self treatment and you should discuss this issue with your doctor before you plan to get pregnant. ...Read more

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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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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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Coumadin (Definition)

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