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Coumadin is an oral tablet made up of a anticoagulant (blood thinner) called warfarin. This tablet can come in a wide range of colors depending on what dose and if its brand or generic. We carry both the brand and generic alternative in 1mg, 2mg, 2.5mg, 3mg, 4mg, 5mg, 6mg, and 10mg. Both the generic and brand choice are equally effective, the only difference is in the name, price and appearance.
Coumadin is used to treat and/or prevent blood clots in your veins and arteries. Blood clots can occur due to a number of factors. Some conditions which increase the chance of blood clots include deep vein thrombosis-DVT, pulmonary embolus-PE, a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation), heart valve replacement, recent heart attack, and certain surgeries (such as hip/knee replacement). If blood clots are treated, they can lead to a serious of outcomes like heart attack, stroke, kidney problems and even sometimes death.
Warfarin decreases the amount of clotting proteins (substances in your blood) in your body to keep blood flowing smoothly and to prevent future clots from forming.
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions.
Take this medication at the same time every day to ensure you do not miss a dose.
You may take this medication with or without food, or as directed your doctor.
You must remain under the care of a doctor while on Coumadin as you will need "INR" or prothrombin time tests often to monitor your blood clots.
Store at room temperature away from light, moisture and heat.
It is important to tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies as well as any drug allergies you may have.
This medication may cause stomach bleeding.
Do NOT take Coumadin if you:
You shouldn’t take Coumadin If you are prone to bleeding due to:
You should also mention to your doctor if you have any of the following:
Side effects are not always present in everyone. Others are more sensitive to side effects while they could be mild for others. If side effects ever become too much to handle, contact your doctor right away.
Common side effects of Coumadin may include:
Signs to watch for: (contact your doctor if you notice any of the following)
Clots formed by Coumadin – pain, swelling, hot or cold feeling, skin changes, or discoloration anywhere on your body or sudden and severe leg; or foot pain, foot ulcer, purple toes or fingers.
Stomach bleeding – sudden headache, feeling very weak or dizzy; swelling, pain, unusual bruising; bleeding gums, nosebleeds; bleeding from wounds or needle injections that will not stop; heavy menstrual periods or abnormal vaginal bleeding; blood in your urine, bloody or tarry stools; or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
What if I miss a dose?
You may take that missed dose if it’s the same day. If you missed a dose yesterday, skip that dose and carry on as normal.
What are some common medications that may interact with Coumadin?
St John's Wort, NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, etodolac, and naproxen, and aspirin are some common drugs that interact with Coumadin.
What does Coumadin look like?
The appearance of medication always varies slightly, depending on what strength and if it’s a brand medication or a generic medication. Coumadin is almost always round and can range from blue, pink, green, tan, white, yellow, orange, purple, or beige.
What is an upside to taking Coumadin?
Not only does it treat blood clots but also prevents them. Coumadin has a long history of use in the medical world and has been known to be successful.
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