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Does certain foods interact with coumadin?

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DzooBaby 1 Jun 2010

Yes. Foods that contain Vitamin K can reduce the effectiveness of Coumadin. You don't have to avoid these foods but if you choose to eat them you must eat them in consistant amounts so your doctor can adjust your Coumadin levels appropriately. Vitamin K is found in foods like leafy green vegetables, green tea and many others. Coumadin also interacts with many medicines too. Acetaminophen and many antibiotics can increase bleeding when taken with Coumadin. Ask your prescribing physician for information on all the foods, drugs, vitamins and herbs that can interact with Coumadin. They have written information they can give you. If you have questions ask you physician or nurse practitioner to explain things to you. When you take Coumadin you must educate yourself and watch what you eat and be aware of all things you put in your body.

marjorie zych 2 Jun 2010

This one is right up my alley so to speak. I have been on Coumadin for over 8 years now. I will warn you Coumadin can be a very tricky drug but yes it is a very good drug. It has saved many lives including mine. As for what interacts with Coumadin here is a quick run-down: Vitamin K foods such as, Spinach, Brocoli, Asparagus, and very large salads with alot of greens, Brussel Sprouts, and Cabbage, the darker the greens the more Vitamin K. Vitamin K will make your numbers too low. As far as too high here is some for you: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Cranberry juice or natural pills of cranberry (cranberry sauce in a can is o.k.), Antibiotics (almost all) the only one I have found that doesn't affect it is Amoxicillan but that one is different for everyone. Also alot of anti-depressants can also affect Coumadin either way--- up or down. Natural substances like Ginger, Garlic, Clove and Ginseng will also make it Rise.

Anonymous 2 Jun 2010

If you didn't get your answer yet, then you missed the boat. LOL
They have gave you about all you need to know. There are many people on
coumadin and you'll be just fine.
Always remember to keep your INR check-up, or blood test" appointments.
There very inportant.

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