Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium)
What is Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) used for?
Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) is given to patients suffering from an irregular heartbeat, those with prosthetic heart valves and those that have had a heart attack. It helps to prevent blood clots from getting larger in the blood vessels, and can also be used to prevent conditions such as venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. This medication is known as an anticoagulant, and it works by reducing the ability of the blood to clot.
How should I use Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium)?
Patients who have been prescribed Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) tablets should follow the instructions provided to them by their physician. This medication comes in the form of a tablet, which should be taken by mouth. The standard dose is once per day. Your physician may gradually increase your dose depending on the results of your blood tests.
What are the side effects of Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium)?
Patients who take Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) tablets to prevent blood clots or for other conditions may notice side effects, such as:
If you experience a prolonged erection that lasts more than 4 hours or any other serious side effects, you should consult your physician immediately.
This drug can sometimes cause severe bleeding. Your physician will carefully monitor your condition and also check your INR test results. Attend all scheduled medical appointments while taking this drug.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.