... you out of range? Home test or hospital test? Thanks for your input
I measure my INR myself and adjust my dosage accordingly. Have been Successful (i.e., more or less range between 2 and 3) for years now, but lately my INR has risen, I don´t know why. I have my "meter" checked by having a PT taken in a clinic, at least every 6 months- so far they have always correlated fairly closely.
I have been on Coumadin for years. I have had to monitor mine at different times depending on how your levels were the last time they were tested. My levels tend to go crazy sometimes but I have a real bad blood clotting disorder where I can throw clots even on Coumadin. Most people can get away with testing every month sometimes but the standard is usually every two weeks. Coumadin can be a tricky drug sometimes but as soon as they get you on the right dose and you watch your diet for too much Vitamin K you should be fine with every two week testing. There is a home testing machine because I have one. Once you are on it for awhile you can check with your doctor about the home testing machine it is so much easier than keep going to a doctor or clinic all the time.
All you have to do is make sure you have a telephone so you can call a special number and report you results and then they fax the results to your doctor for you, it is real easy but it is expensive if you don't have insurance. But get stable first then ask you doctor if it is available in your area. Hope this helps you. Good luck with the Coumadin.
I have a home testing machine that I use weekly. Mayo Clinic said to test every 3 or 4 weeks but I decided to do it weekly because if it's out of range I want to know. The cardiologists at Mayo Clinic set my INR at 2.5-3.5 and suggested I obtain a home testing unit. I was able to get one that insurance mostly paid for. It's so nice not having to go to the hospital for a blood test, then wait for the results to be sent to the doctor and his office to call me - I get my test strips from QAS, a company in Florida. Strips are kind of pricey but I don't mind since it allows me more freedom. I have adjusted my own dosage for most of the almost five years since my surgery.
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
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