What is Warfarin Sodium?
Warfarin Sodium is an anticoagulant medicine. Warfarin Sodium is used to lower the chance of blood clots forming in your body. Blood clots can cause a stroke, heart attack, or other serious conditions such as blood clots in the legs or lungs.
Who should not take Warfarin Sodium?
Do not take Warfarin Sodium if:
-Your chance of having bleeding problems is higher than the possible benefit of treatment.Your healthcare provider will decide if Warfarin Sodium is right for you.Talk to your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions.
-You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.Warfarin Sodium can cause death or birth defects to an unborn baby. Use effective birth control if you can get pregnant.
-You are allergic to warfarin or to anything else in Warfarin Sodium.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting Warfarin Sodium?
Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:
have bleeding problems
have liver or kidney problems
have high blood pressure
have a heart problem called congestive heart failure
drink alcohol or have problems with alcohol abuse.Alcohol can affect your Warfarin Sodium dose and should be avoided.
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
are breastfeeding.Warfarin Sodium may increase bleeding in your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby. If you choose to breastfeed while taking Warfarin Sodium, both you and your baby should be carefully monitored for bleeding problems.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How should I take WARFARIN SODIUM?
Take Warfarin Sodium exactly as prescribed.Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose from time to time depending on your response to Warfarin Sodium.
You must have regular blood tests and visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your condition.
Take WARFARIN SODIUM at the same time every day.You can take Warfarin Sodium either with food or on an empty stomach.
If you miss a dose of Warfarin Sodium, call your healthcare provider.Take the dose as soon as possible on the same day. Do not take a double dose of Warfarin Sodium the next day to make up for a missed dose.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you take too much WARFARIN SODIUM.
Call your healthcare provider if you are sick with diarrhea, an infection, or have a fever.
Tell your healthcare provider about any planned surgeries, medical or dental procedures.Your Warfarin Sodium may have to be stopped for a short time or you may need your dose adjusted.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you fall or injure yourself, especially if you hit your head.Your healthcare provider may need to check you.
What should I avoid while taking Warfarin Sodium?
Do not start, stop, or change any medicine without talking with your healthcare provider.
Do not make changes in your diet, such as eating large amounts of green, leafy vegetables.
Do not change your weight by dieting, without first checking with your healthcare provider.
Avoid drinking alcohol.
Do not do any activity or sport that may cause a serious injury.
What are the possible side effects of WARFARIN SODIUM?
Warfarin Sodium is very important for your health, but it can cause serious and lifethreatening bleeding problems.
Serious side effects of Warfarin Sodium also include:
death of skin tissue (skin necrosis or gangrene).This can happen soon after starting Warfarin Sodium. It happens because blood clots form and block blood flow to an area of your body. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain, color, or temperature change to any area of your body. You may need
medical care right away to prevent death or loss (amputation) of your affected body part.
Purple toes syndrome. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your toes and they look purple in color or dark in color.
Other side effects with Warfarin Sodium includeallergic reactions, liver problems, low blood pressure, swelling, low red blood cells, paleness, fever, and rash. Call your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you.
These are not all of the side effects of Warfarin Sodium. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
How should I store Warfarin Sodium?
Store Warfarin Sodium at room temperature. Protect from light.
Keep Warfarin Sodium and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General Information about Warfarin Sodium
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes not mentioned in a Medication Guide. Do not use Warfarin Sodium for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Warfarin Sodium to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them. This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Warfarin Sodium. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Warfarin Sodium that was written for healthcare professionals.