Posts Tagged ‘coumadin’
Stephan Moll, MD writes…
INR home testing devices are available to patients. They are often reimbursable by insurance carriers. Warfarin management through patient self-testing at home is at least as effective and safe as INR testing through a physician’s office or a warfarin clinic, if patients are well-selected. The well-done large THINRS trial published in 2010 clearly showed this, and a 2011 systematic review of the medical literature confirmed that Read the rest of this entry »
Stephan Moll, MD writes…
Testing the INR only once every 3 months is sufficient (effective and safe) in patients on warfarin who have been shown to have stable INRs Read the rest of this entry »
Stephan Moll, MD, writes…
Does drinking alcohol change the INR in a patient on warfarin? Read the rest of this entry »
“I am on warfarin (Coumadin®). Can I donate blood?” No. A person on a blood thinner (anticoagulant), like warfarin, will not be accepted as a blood donor Read the rest of this entry »
A patient on an anticoagulant (blood thinner) may bleed more easily and it may be more difficult to stop bleeding. To help stop bleeding with minor cuts or nosebleeds, several over-the-counter products are available and may be helpful. Read the rest of this entry »
At times, individuals who are on blood thinners are considering getting a tattoo. I am not aware of any medical publication assessing the amount of bleeding that were to occur if a patient got a tattoo while on warfarin or other blood thinners. Read the rest of this entry »
Beth Waldron, Program Director of the Clot Connect project, writes….
Approximately 1 in 5 people don’t take a medication a doctor has prescribed because they can’t afford to pay for it [ref 1]. While the cost of some outpatient “blood thinning” therapies (anticoagulants) can be substantial, failure to take a blood thinning medication as prescribed can have serious, even deadly, consequences.
What can you do when prescribed a blood thinner you cannot afford? Read the rest of this entry »
If you are on warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®) you need to be followed in a structured way to optimize your warfarin therapy and minimize the risk for bleeding and clotting. The “thinness” of your blood needs to be determined on a regular basis with a test called INR (International Normalized Ratio; also referred to as PT, protime, or prothrombin time). While small physician practices may well deliver good warfarin management care, specialized anticoagulation clinics (also referred to as “Coumadin Clinics”) often have the expertise and resources for optimal warfarin management. If you are trying to find a clinic near you, you can go to the website of the non-proﬁt organization Anticoagulation Forum. You will find a map of the U.S. with the location of and contact information for a number of good Coumadin Clinics – to link to the map click here. Read the rest of this entry »
How common is it?
Hair loss is a known side effect of warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), but has hardly been studied [ref 1]. Solid data on how frequently it occurs, on its time-course, and on treatments are not available. Mild hair loss appears to be common, severe hair loss uncommon, complete hair loss has not been reported. Read the rest of this entry »