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?
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.
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.
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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