... My breathing hasn't got any better & i'm so tired all the time. Is this normal? I spent 5 days in the hospital & was sent home with coumadin. I feel bad every day!! I'm just looking for some answers. Please if anyone has any information please let me know. Thank you
I'm new to this forum, and just came across your question. I know I'm late in responding, but thought the info may be helpful to someone.
I was diagnosed with a PE in 1999. I, too, was hospitalized for about 5 days and was sent home with Coumadin. As far as I can remember, my breathing was MUCH improved by the time I got home. (If your breathing was not significantly improved, I would be greatly concerned, and notify your doctor immediately.)
However, after being released from the hospital, when filling my Coumadin rx, I was given the generic Warfarin. (My doctor did not specify brand name only.) It seemed to me that when taking the Warfarin, I often felt sluggish and blah. My doctor also had a terrible time stabilizing my PT/INR. The results were all over the charts. (We ruled out dietary factors that could skew the results - ie. foods that contain a lot of Vitamin K.)
After a month or so of being on the Warfarin, and being unable to get consistent PT/INR results through dosing adjustments, my doctor decided to try me on the Coumadin brand name.
After switching to the brand name, my PT/INR results became consistent, and I didn't experience the sluggishness I felt while taking the Warfarin. (I don't know if it was the medication itself that caused the fatigue, or the fact that my PT/INR numbers were so erratic?)
I'm curious to know if anyone else has experienced anything similar from taking Warfarin versus Coumadin?
I hope this information is beneficial to someone. I wish I had known about this community when I experienced my PE! =)
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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