My son is 30 years old and in good health. He had shoulder surgery because of a car accident. A week later he had a blood clot in one of his lungs. He is now taking Coumadin because of that. The standard procedure for this medicine is to take it for 6 months and then the treatment is stopped. For someone that wants to return to their active life sooner... what are the risk, or how stupid would it be to stop taking the medicine after only 3 months?
The length of treatment with Coumadin depends on what the initial condition was that is being treated. And it is advisable to take it for the recommended length of time to avoid another incident.
You can be on warfarin and still lead an active lifestyle ... unless that lifestyle involves risks of being injured. But please discuss all this with your doctor.
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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