When you get a prescription for CoumadinВ®, follow your physicians orders
and read the package insert. These are just a few select things you need
to know about CoumadinВ®.
Try to take your CoumadinВ® at the same time every day or as prescribed by
your physician. Notice the shape and color of your tablets. Each color is
a different strength in milligrams. Your dosage or strength may change so
always be current on the color of your Coumadin tablets.
If you forget to take your medication, call your physician for directions
on when to take your next pill.
As discussed elsewhere in this web site, over-the-counter medications can
interact with CoumadinВ®. always tell you physician of all medications you
are currently taking.
Inform your dentist or any other physician you see that you take CoumadinВ®.
Always carry a card or bracelet telling others you take CoumadinВ® so if you
need medical attention, medical personnel will know what medications you
Keep your eating habits and physical activity level the same. The Coumadin
Clinic at CCT and your physician will determine the proper dosage of CoumadinВ®.
Some very important observations need to be made while on CoumadinВ®
drug therapy. Call you physician immediately if you start to experience
unusual bleeding such as from cuts, nosebleeds, bleeding of the gums, an
increased menstral flow in women, or coughing or vomiting blood. You should
also be on the look out for unusual bruising, red or dark brown urine, or
red or tarry-black stools. Any vomiting diarrhea, or fever should be reported
to your physician immediately. Chest pains, dizziness, or trouble breathing
should also be reported immediately. If you feel you need help immediately
or suddenly feel ill, call 911 for emergency help.
CoumadinВ® is a powerful and very useful drug. With proper monitoring
and with frequent check-ups at the Coumadin Clinic at CCT, you will lead
a healthy normal life.