... increased my dose to 7.5mg then 5mg repeat... went up to 2.2... stayed in that dose... a week ago dropped back to 1.9 and now 3 days ago to 1.7??? I had a PE post op
You have a couple choices. You can get your doctor to prescribe a home testing kit so that you can test more frequently or you can switch to a different medication such as Arixtra, Lovenox, or Xarelto. The first two are injectables but all three do not require testing and you will not have any diet restrictions. It is critical that you keep your INR level within range so have this conservation with your doctor. You may have to push hard to get the home testing kit so stand your ground especially if you do not switch to a different drug.
I've used Coumadin (Warfarin) for 6 years. My INR fluctuates a little as well so my dosage keeps evolving. I usually have my blood tested every 3 to 4 weeks dependent upon my INR reading. Our bodies are complex, not static & our INR's can sometimes shift. Please try not to be overly concerned as this is normal for many users. If you're likely only going to be prescribed Warfarin for 6 months, that's good news. It's helpful to keep a consistent diet if possible. Take your pill(s) at the same time as closely as possible. Good luck to you.
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