Coumadin is the generic brand of warfarin. Coumadin is a prescription drug used for treating blood clots. Conditions that brings about blood clot includes deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, a recent heart attack, heart valve replacement, recent surgery on the hip or knee replacement, and irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation). Coumadin which belongs to a group of drugs known as anticoagulants prevents new blood clots from forming and helps to reduce risks of stroke and heart attack. This drug reduces the amount of clotting proteins present in the body thereby inhibiting the formation of new blood clots.

Coumadin and diet?

Eat a balanced and healthy diet while taking Coumadin medication. Too much vitamin k reduces the efficiency of Coumadin, avoid foods and vegetable (spinach, green tea, parsley, collard greens, and mustard greens)that contains high levels of vitamin K. Check all labels of vegetable oil before consuming, some contain large amounts of vitamin K.

Coumadin Dosage forms and Doses

Coumadin comes in 1mg, 2mg and 5mg doses of pink, peach and lavender flavors. The right dose and administration of Coumadin depends on your doctor; many begin with a dose of 5mg per day. However, Coumadin should be taken at the same time each day.

Coumadin and Alcohol?

Do not drink alcohol while taking Coumadin medication, it increases the risk of stomach bleeding associated with Coumadin.

Coumadin Side Effects

Common side effects of Coumadin are bloating, altered sense of taste, nausea, and vomiting. Coumadin also causes bleeding and this can be very fatal. Patients who are 65 years of age and suffering from high blood pressure, stroke, transient ischemic attack, and/or stomach bleeding have a higher risk of bleeding. Likewise.

Patients suffering from heart disease, low blood count, cancer, kidney problems or surgery have a higher risk of bleeding while taking Coumadin medication. Patients who take heparin or other drugs for inhibiting blood clot and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in combination with Coumadin medication are also exposed to bleeding. Seek emergency help immediately you experience these symptoms of allergic reactions; hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of the face. Severe side effects of Coumadin medication that needs to be reported to the doctor once experienced includes: coughing blood or vomiting objects that looks like coffee grounds, sudden bruising, nose or gum bleed, menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal, pink urine, red stool and a cut that takes long before it stops bleeding.

Before administering Coumadin, inform your doctor about all medications you are taking and your medical history.

Certain prescription drugs (Cipro, Cordarone, Diflucan, Tegretol, Biaxin, Septra or Bactrim) and over the counter drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, Prilosec, and Aleve) interacts with Coumadin, inform your doctor first if you are on these medications before administering Coumadin.
Warning: Do not use a higher dosage of Coumadin to avoid the risk of bleeding.