PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES: Coumadin (warfarin) therapy

November 2006 
Volume 36  Number 11
Pages 45 - 46
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Nurse Practitioner, Olathe Medical Services, Inc., Olathe, Kan. Consultant, Continuing Nursing Education, Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, Kan. What is Coumadin (warfarin)?

Coumadin is a blood thinner used to keep your blood from clotting too easily. Clots inside blood vessels can cut off blood flow. If a clot breaks loose, it can travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or to the heart or lungs, causing a heart attack or breathing problems.

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You have a higher risk of a dangerous clot if you have certain health problems, such as an irregular heartbeat or poor circulation in your legs, or if you have an artificial heart valve. By taking Coumadin, you can lower your risk of a clot.

How should I take Coumadin?

Most people take Coumadin daily or every other day. Follow your health care provider's directions carefully; you may take a different dose on different days. Be ...

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