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Taking warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) - what to ask your doctor

Warfarin - what to ask your doctor; Coumadin - what to ask your doctor; What to ask your doctor about taking warfarin (Coumadin); Jantoven - what to ask your doctor; What to ask your doctor about taking warfarin (Jantoven)

Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) is a medicine that helps keep your blood from clotting. This drug may be important if you have already had blood clots, or if your doctor is worried that you may form a blood clot.

Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you when you take warfarin.

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Questions

Why am I taking warfarin?

What will be changed for me?

How should I take warfarin?

Can I still take acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)? What about other pain medicines? How about cold medicines? What should I do if a doctor gives me a new prescription?

Do I need to make any changes in what I eat or drink? Can I drink alcohol?

Are there changes I should make around the home?

What should I do if I fall?

What are the signs or symptoms that I may be bleeding somewhere in my body?

Do I need any blood tests? Where do I get them? How often?

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Taking warfarin (Coumadin)

References

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Medication guide: Coumadin (warfarin sodium). Available at: www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088578.pdf. Accessed February 20, 2015.

Lippincott Nursing Center. Patient education series: Taking warfarin safely. Nursing. 2010;40:58. PMID: 20234275 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20234275.

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