Where is Warfarin Sodium used?
Warfarin Sodium is used to prevent harmful blood clots from forming or growing larger. This is given if you have:
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in your lungs)
- Venous thrombosis (a blood clot elsewhere in your body)
- A blood clot in or near your heart that could trigger organ damage, heart attack, or stroke
- A mechanical artificial heart valve that is prone to forming blood clots
- A high risk of blood clots forming in the heart. It can be a complication of some heart rhythm abnormalities
Preventing harmful blood clots helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Warfarin Sodium is an anticoagulant that inhibits vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription.
How does Warfarin Sodium work?
The development of a clot in the body is a complex procedure that includes various substances. Warfarin Sodium hinders the development of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors which lessens the ability of the body to form blood clots. Vitamin K is required to avoid bleeding and create clotting factors. Therefore, by giving this medication, your body may stop harmful clots. This may also help you prevent clots from getting larger.
How is Warfarin Sodium taken?
This medicine is usually taken once a day. Each dose may be taken with or without a meal. The dosage is based on your condition and response to the treatment. Your doctor will monitor you while taking this medication to determine the right dose for you. Don’t forget to take it at the same time every day. You must take it exactly as it is prescribed, not more or less.
It is important to eat a balanced diet while taking Warfarin Sodium. Several foods can affect how it works and how it affects your treatment. Avoid sudden large decreases or increases in your intake of foods high in vitamin K. If you are trying to lose weight, check with your doctor before you try to go on a diet.
What are the side effects of Warfarin Sodium?
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in the sense of taste
- Pale skin
What are the precautions in taking Warfarin Sodium?
- This may reason for stomach bleeding. Regular use of alcohol will increase your risk of stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages.
- For pregnant women, this medication is not recommended for use.
- If you are a breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor before taking a dose of this medicine.
- Older adults may be at greater risk for bleeding while having this medication.
- Tell your doctor if you have a medical history of blood vessel disorders, blood disorders, bleeding problems, and mental/mood disorders.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist what prescription non-prescription medications, herbal products, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Call for medical assistance right away if you have signs of an allergic reaction. Some signs of allergic reactions are hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of the face, throat, or tongue.