... of haemorrhage?
No, just be aware of signs and symptoms of bleeding, nosebleeds, bloody or tar-like stools, large UNEXPLAINED bruising (if you bump your shin on a coffee table you are going to bruise badly but you can explain that-it is the large unexplained bruising or if say, your abdomen had large bruises and you know you dont and didnt hit yourself there), gums bleeding, bloody urine, bloody sputum, etc. You want to use an electric razor not a safety blade (or God forbid a straight razor). The BEST thing to do is to get your INRs done regularly without fail, always talk to your Dr before taking ANY medication, prescribed or OTC, including vitamins and supplements because many can affect your coumadin and raise your INR. Be aware of the foods that contain Vitamin K (coumadin.com used to have a good list on that site but you can google) and you dont have to avoid Vitamin K-just eat consistent amounts so they can regulate your medicine. If you cant eat consistent amounts then it is best to avoid. Other than that, live your life. Coumadin isnt such a big deal once you consider a few lifestyle changes. Most people get into trouble when they DONT get their INRs checked regularly. I cant tell you how many people will get them done and they are always good so they think "oh I can go a few more weeks, they are always fine" and end up in the hospital because for some unknown unexplained reason their body just shifts and their INR goes through the roof! It you get them done NO MORE than 4 weeks a part (or sooner) and follow the guidelines here you'll not have much trouble
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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