Coumadin Medication Information
Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) is an anticoagulant used to prevent and treat blood clots due to various causes. It comes in tablet form and is available by prescription only. This medication is commonly referred to as a "blood thinner," although it does not actually thin the blood.
Coumadin 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.
In order to help ensure the safe use of Coumadin, medication information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to know that this drug can cause life-threatening side effects. Taking too little increases your risk for blood clots and strokes, while taking too much can increase your risk for dangerous internal bleeding. Your healthcare provider will need to monitor you on a regular basis to make sure you are responding well to the medicine.
(Click Coumadin for more information on this medication, including how this drug works, a list of potential side effects to be aware of, and other important warnings and precautions.)