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

  • Definition
    • 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.

  • Alternative Names
    • 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)

  • Questions
    • Why am I taking warfarin?

      • What is a blood thinner?
      • How does it work?
      • Are there alternative blood thinners I could use?

      What will be changed for me?

      • How much bruising or bleeding should I expect?
      • Are there exercises, sports activities, or other activities that are not safe for me?
      • What should I do differently at school or work?

      How should I take warfarin?

      • Do I take it every day? Will it be the same dosage? What time of the day should I take it?
      • How can I tell the different warfarin pills apart?
      • What should I do if I am late for a dose? What should I do if I forget to take a dose?

      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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