Generic Coumadin

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Indications for Generic Coumadin

Coumadin or warfarin is a type of blood thinner or anticoagulant. It works through blocking the synthesis of blood clotting factors, preventing the formation of blood clots.

Coumadin is generally prescribed for the prevention of strokes, heart attacks and blood clots in arteries and veins. It could also be used for other conditions and purposes as determined by your doctor.

Important Information about Generic Coumadin

While using Coumadin or warfarin, try to avoid engaging in sports and activities which may results in a bleeding or a bruising injury. Make sure to be very careful to avoid getting cuts and injuries.

If you need to undergo surgery, you might have to stop taking Coumadin temporarily. Let your doctor or surgeon know ahead of time that you using this medication before undergoing any operation.

Always carry an ID or a medical bracelet which states you are taking Coumadin, just in case you get into an emergency.

Before taking Coumadin, make sure that your doctor knows all drugs that you are taking as there are some medications which may interact with it such as acetaminophen, aspirin and NSAIDs including celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen and indomethacin.

Avoid changing your diet suddenly as doing so could affect the efficacy of Coumadin. For instance, vitamin K could decrease the effects of Coumadin. Some food sources which are high in vitamin K would include liver, brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, coriander, collards, cabbage, Swiss chard and other green leafy vegetables. Never change the amount of these in your diet without consulting your doctor first.

While taking Coumadin, also avoid eating cranberries or drinking cranberry juice as doing so could interact with the effects of the drug.

Drinking alcohol should also be avoided as it could increase the side effects of Coumadin.

Inform your doctor of any medical conditions that you have, especially kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, celiac sprue, severe or uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, overactive thyroid, congestive heart failure, polycythemia vera, a seizure disorder or a connective tissue disorder. If you have any of these, your dose may need to be changed or adjusted.

Coumadin should not be taken if you have bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, a stomach ulcer, anemia and other blood disorders, a heart infection or if you have a history of blood clot, aneurysm or bleeding in your brain.

Coumadin belongs to the FDA pregnancy category X, which means that it could cause stillbirth, miscarriage, fatal bleeding and birth defects. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Also inform your doctor if you are taking any herbal products such as bromelains, danshen, coenzyme Q10, garlic, dong quai, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort or ginseng.

Coumadin should be taken regularly to ensure the best results, Refill your prescription even before it completely runs out.

You may be required by your doctor to come in for regular tests and checkups. Never miss any scheduled appointments.

Dosage and Administration of Generic Coumadin

Coumadin or warfarin should only be taken as it has been prescribed for you. Never take it in a larger or smaller amount or for a longer time than what has been advised by your doctor.

Your dose may occasionally be changed by your doctor to ensure that you would be getting the best results from the medication. Always follow the directions on the prescription label.

Each dose should be taken with plenty of water and should be taken at around the same time each day, if possible. Coumadin could be taken with or without meals.

If you miss a dose, just take it once you remember; but, if the next dose is almost up, you could just skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled one. Never double your doses.

In the event of an overdose, seek emergency medical help right away. Some of the symptoms of an overdose would include having broken blood vessels under your skin, bruising, excessive bleeding from wounds or cuts, heavy menstrual periods and blood in the stools or urine.

Possible Side Effects of Generic Coumadin

Some of the common side effects which could be experienced with Coumadin or warfarin would include hair loss, gas and bloating, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.


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