Coumadin

Coumadin tips

If you are computer savvy, the following website houses some helpful information for patients taking Coumadin: www.coumadin.com. If not, a few helpful tips are included below:

Why am I taking Coumadin?

Coumadin is used for many medical conditions in which “blood thinning” is important. Some of the more common conditions include: Atrial Fibrillation and DVT (deep venous thrombosis).

Certain drugs interact with Coumadin

Some of the nonprescription drugs that may interact with COUMADIN include: acetaminophen (Tylenol®*); Aspirin and Aspirin-containing ointments and skin creams; Ibuprofen (Motrin®*, Advil®*, Nuprin®*); Naproxen (Aleve®*, Orudis KT®*); some agents for stomach protection such as Cimetidine (Tagamet®*) or Ranitidine (Zantac®*); and vitamin supplements containing Vitamin K. Make sure your physicians have a complete and accurate list of all medications you take.

What should I know about the Vitamin K content of foods and COUMADIN (Warfarin Sodium) therapy? The amount of Vitamin K in your diet can change the way COUMADIN works for you. If you eat a lot of foods that are high in Vitamin K, you can decrease the effect of COUMADIN. On the other hand, lowering your Vitamin K intake can increase the effect of COUMADIN. You should try to eat a normal, balanced diet keeping the amount of Vitamin K the same everyday. It is important that you check with your healthcare provider before making any major changes to your diet. Tell your healthcare provider if there are sudden or drastic changes in your diet due to illness. In general, leafy green vegetables and certain legumes and vegetable oils contain high amounts of Vitamin K.

Important note

Coumadin requires special blood test monitoring called a PT/INR. This blood test tells your caregiver how thick or thin your blood is as a result of Coumadin therapy. Your dosage may require adjustments based upon the INR testing. Please be sure you know which physician will be managing your Coumadin therapy. If you have had your INR tested and have not heard from your physician within a 24 hour period, contact them for Coumadin instructions. If you require any type of dental work or surgical procedure which involves cutting or piercing of the skin, please be sure to make your caregiver aware that you are taking Coumadin.