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.
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:
Nausea; Loss of appetite; Stomach/abdominal pain; or Bleeding
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 is Warfarin?
This medication is used to treat serious blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE) and helps prevent new clots from forming in your body. Many conditions increase the risk of developing blood clots such as atrial fibrillation, heart valve replacement, and any recent heart attacks. Warfarin is generally called a blood thinner, and when put to work it helps keep the blood flowing smoothly by decreasing the amount of clotting proteins in your blood. This medication comes in
Eight different doses which are 1mg, 2mg, 2.5mg, 3mg, 4mg, 5mg, 6mg and 10mg. And its generic name is known as Warfarin. If you have any questions regarding this medication or if you have any inquires in general, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-385-8998.
Foods to avoid when taking Coumadin?
Any food that is rich in vitamin K, which includes leafy vegetables, should not be taken while on this medication. Many of these foods make Coumadin less effective. Such examples include; Kale, Spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsley, collard greens, mustard greens, endive, red cabbage, green lettuce, chard. You may also want to avoid drinking green tea, grapefruit and cranberry juice, and any alcohol.
What are the side effects of Coumadin?
Some of the more common side effects when taking Warfarin are as follows; Nausea, easy bruising and bleeding, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, gas, or an altered sense of taste. Do note that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and while these are the more common ones, if they persist or worsen, inform your doctor right away.
What type of drug is Coumadin?
Coumadin is an anticoagulant or better known as a blood thinner. It is usually known to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins and arteries.
What is the generic name for Coumadin?
The generic name for Coumadin is Warfarin.
How long does it take for Coumadin to start working?
Warfarin begins to reduce blood clotting within 24 hours after taking your first dose. However, keep in mind that the full effect may not take effect for up to 3 to 5 days. You may need to take extra medication or an injection during this time, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions thoroughly.
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