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Warfarin is a medication that can be taken orally to treat blood clots that can occur in the veins and lung. Warfarin can also treat certain types of abnormal heartbeat or can be used for replacing heart valves. Warfarin is very effective as an after treatment medication for heart attacks, blood clotting events or stroke. Warfarin can also be used for other uses as prescribed by the doctor.
Pitfalls of Warfarin
While Warfarin is an effective anticoagulant, it also has advanced side effects that every patient must be careful with before taking in the medication. First, Warfarin has many ingredients that you may be allergic with. Thus, it is important to be educated with the different ingredients of Warfarin. Ask your doctor to guide you with the different risk conditions associated with Warfarin.
If you have the tendency to bleed such as having hemophilia, leukemia, and certain blood problems you cannot take in Warfarin. As it is in an anticoagulant, its effects might be dampened by taking Warfarin if you have bleeding problems. Consequently, if you have the tendency to bleed internally or if you have an ulcer, Warfarin is not right for you.
There are certain drugs that can interact with Warfarin and bring unexpected side effects. If you are using heparin or other anticoagulants, its combinations with Warfarin may cause increased risk of bleeding. Mifepristone also increases the probability of excessive bleeding.
Many prescription and nonprescription drugs cannot be taken with Warfarin. The side effects of Warfarin are generally concerned with increased bleeding and blood clots. Products that cannot be taken include multivitamins, herbal teas, and dietary supplements.
Currently there are no common side effects that are associated with Warfarin. Therefore, there could be a lot of unrelated effects that can be traced to Warfarin. It is important to go to your doctor if you notice symptoms of severe side effects.
The side effects of Warfarin include different type of allergic reactions. These allergic reactions are difficulty in breathing, chest tightening, mouth swelling and itching. Warfarin can also cause stomach pains, fainting, fever, numbness, dizziness, and unusual discomfort in the presence of wounds.
It is important to take in Warfarin depending on the doctor’s prescription. Before taking in Warfarin, always check the label if you are taking in the right drug. Usually dosage instructions are also on the labels.
Warfarin is an oral drug and you can take it with or without food. Take the medication on a regular schedule and on-the-dot based in the doctor’s instructions.