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anti_coagulation_patient_teaching - Your Guide to...

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Your Guide to Anti-Coagulation Therapy Managing Coumadin/Warfarin or Heparin at Home 1 Your Guide to Anti-Coagulation Therapy Safely Managing Your Coumadin/Warfarin or Heparin at Home 2008
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Your Guide to Anti-Coagulation Therapy Managing Coumadin/Warfarin or Heparin at Home 2 Table of Contents 4 What is Anti-Coagulation and Who Needs It? 5 Safety Information when taking Anti-Coagulants 6-7 Coumadin/Warfarin Information and Protime/INR Monitoring 8 Missing a dose of Coumadin 8 Why do I have to change my dose? 8 What time of the day to take my Coumadin 8-9 What about other medications I take? Can they affect my Coumadin dosing and INR? 9 Side effects of Coumadin 9-10 What about the foods and beverages I take in? How do they affect my Coumadin dosing and INR? 10 Herbal Medications and supplements 11 Alcohol intake 11, 14 Exercise and Activities 11, 14 When should I call my Doctor? 11 What should I do when I am ill? 11, 14 What about traveling? 12, 15 What about surgery, medical procedures, and dental work? 12, 15 What about pregnancy and breast-feeding? 12, 15 Medic Alert information 13-15 Heparin and Low Molecular Weight Heparin Information 13 When should I take my Heparin? 13-14 Side effects of Heparin 15 Disposing of used needles and syringes 15 Internet Resources to help you
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Your Guide to Anti-Coagulation Therapy Managing Coumadin/Warfarin or Heparin at Home 3 Name of Doctor Prescribing Anti-Coagulation: ______________________________ Phone Number ________________________________________________________ Pharmacy ____________________________________________________________ I am taking: ± Coumadin/Warfarin ± Low Molecular Weight Heparin - Enoxaparin (Lovenox) or _______________ ± Unfractionated Heparin My Dosing/INR Schedule is managed by___________________________________ My ‘ target ’ or therapeutic INR range (if on Coumadin/Warfarin) is ______________
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Your Guide to Anti-Coagulation Therapy Managing Coumadin/Warfarin or Heparin at Home 4 What is anti-coagulation and why do people need it? Anti means against and coagulant refers to blood clotting. Coumadin/Warfarin and heparin are anti-coagulant drugs. They make your blood clot more slowly to prevent blood clots from forming. They are also commonly called ‘blood thinners’ although they really do not make your blood more thin or watery – they make your blood clot more slowly. This helps prevent unwanted blood clots from forming that may cause strokes, heart attacks, or clots in the legs or lungs. You are the most important person in ensuring that your anti-coagulation therapy is safe and effective. We want to give you with the information that you will need to guarantee your success. To avoid confusion with your prescriptions, try to get all of your medications at the same pharmacy.
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2009 for the course PHYS 341 taught by Professor Mavromatis during the Spring '09 term at American University of Beirut.

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