I'm taking Coumadin, for DVT, post surgery & have not changed my K intake. my intake is high, but my INR is at 2.2 that is what I need to be at. When I stop Coumadin do i need to change my diet intake of K to keep from getting a clot? If so how long? Will my INR reset to my norms?
6 May 2010
I was told to keep my viti K as consistent as possible. Since you are in range with your current diet I wouldn't change unless your doctor told you to. I even take the same mulit-vit so as not to inadvertently take one that may have a higher/lower dose of Viti-K. I check the label even on my brand to make sure it hasn't changed since my last purchase.
22 Feb 2010
Are you about to stop taking coumadin altogether? I've been on it since July 2005 as I have a mechanical aortic valve. My INR is 2.5-3.5 and I test weekly. To me anything more than a week between tests is too long if the level is out of whack. The doctors @ Mayo Clinic Rochester said to test monthly or so but I decided to do it more often. My doctors said a fairly consistent intake of vitamin K is fine but not to vary greatly the amount you eat. With INR testing you should be able to keep within range if the vitamin K intake is consistent. I am a food label reader and with the exception of spinach I can't really think of another food with vitamin K. Fish oil can thin the blood I've read. I would stay away from K supplements altogether.
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