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What is Warfarin for:

This medication is an anticoagulant, prescribed for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It reduces the formation of blood clots.

How does Warfarin work:

Warfarin changes the bodys clotting system. It thins the blood to stop clots from forming.

How should Warfarin be used:

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food. It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider.

Common side effects of Warfarin :

Bleeding problems. Headache. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

What do I do if I miss a dose

Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

What precautions should I take when taking Warfarin :

If you have an allergy to warfarin or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have any of these health problems: Anesthesia given in your spine, aneurysm, bleeding problems, diverticulitis, drink too much alcohol, heart valve infection, liver disease, low platelet count, pericarditis, polyarthritis, poor eating habits, recent surgery of the eye or brain, very high blood pressure, unsteadiness, or warfarin-induced necrosis. If you know that you will not take the drug as you have been told. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

When do I need to seek medical help

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. A fall or crash when you hit your head. Talk with your doctor even if you feel fine. Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm. Change in thinking clearly and with logic. Very bad headache. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very bad back pain. Very bad belly pain. Black, tarry, or bloody stools. Blood in the urine. Coughing up blood. Throwing up blood. Any bruising or bleeding. Very heavy periods (menstrual bleeding). Change in skin color to black or purple. Feeling very tired or weak. Very loose stools (diarrhea). An infection. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

Can I take Warfarin with other medicines:

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

How do I store Warfarin :

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Pregnancy Category

Category X : Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities andor there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.

Therapeutic Classification

Anticoagulants & Antiplatelets

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