Coumadin Blood Thinner
Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) is a prescription anticoagulant often used for the treatment and prevention of blood clots due to various causes. Many people call Coumadin a "blood thinner," despite the fact that it does not actually thin the blood.
It is important to understand that this medication does not "dissolve" or break down blood clots (only special "clot buster" medications that must be given in the hospital can do this). Rather, it prevents them from forming. When used to treat a blood clot, Coumadin keeps the clot formation in check, allowing the body's natural processes to break down the clot.
Coumadin comes in tablet form, is available in numerous strengths, and is typically taken once a day. Each tablet is a different color and the colors of the tablets are important, as it is essential to make sure you have the correct strength (taking too little increases your risk for blood clots and strokes, while taking too much can increase your risk for dangerous internal bleeding).
(Click Coumadin for more information on how the "blood thinner" Coumadin works, to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with this medication, and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)