Coumadin (Warfarin) is an anticoagulant medication, used to prevent the formation and migration of blood clots (known as thrombosis and embolism). Although the medication is effective, Coumadin side effects can be serious, and involve interactions with a wide range of other medications and food. Furthermore, Coumadin birth defects, including brain damage, have been reported.
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Coumadin can be a very effective drug in preventing life-threatening events in patients who have Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) or Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). However, Coumadin (known generically as Warfarin) is also one of the most complex drugs to use safely because it can interact with a variety of foods and medications.
Physicians need to carefully examine the medical history of patients who are candidates for this drug, and also verify that the patient is not using one of the 100 other prescription medications that are known to have dangerous interactions with Coumadin.
In addition, a number of over-the-counter drugs and herbals also have dangerous interactions with Coumadin. Genetic markers are available to determine which patients are at greater risk for Coumadin adverse reactions and serious Coumadin injury.
Coumadin Birth Defects
Use of Coumadin during pregnancy or risk of pregnancy is very important to avoid, since Coumadin causes a very characteristic set of birth defects, marked by bone hypoplasias (resulting for instance in "pug nose") and brain damage resulting in mental retardation.
The medication guide for Coumadin warns that women who are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, should not take Coumadin. Those who take Coumadin and could become pregnant are advised to use effective birth control because Coumadin can cause death or birth defects to an unborn baby.
Meanwhile, women who are breast-feeding are warned that Coumadin may increase bleeding in the baby.
Coumadin Side Effects
Physicians need to warn their patients to report immediately if they experience any of a series of Coumadin side effect symptoms that typically precede more serious adverse reactions: Unusual bleeding or bruising; black or bloody stools; blood in the urine; tiredness; unexplained fever; chills; sore throat; stomach pain.
Other serious Coumadin side effects include death of skin tissue (signified by pain, color or temperature change to any area of the body), "purple toes syndrome," allergic reactions, liver problems and low blood pressure.
The worst scenarios for Coumadin injuries involve hemorrhagic stroke or aneurysmboth involving blood vessels that burst in the brain and fail to be self-limiting due to the drug's blocking of normal clotting that otherwise would stop the bleeding.
Coumadin Medical Malpractice
Patients on Coumadin require regular blood monitoring to ensure their blood stays within proper therapeutic levels. Blood that moves out of those levels can indicate a lack of ability to clot, possibly resulting in serious harm from otherwise minor cuts. Failure of medical professionals to provide adequate monitoring could constitute medical malpractice on the part of the medical professional.
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After having mitral valve replacement, I was put on Coumadin.I was released after 5 days to go home and told to follow up with my family doctor the following week. Following my cardiologist's instructions, I went to my family doctor. He immediately stated that I was bleeding out with a blood pressure and INR reading that couldn't even be measured because bp was so low and INR was so high! I was airlifted back to my cardiologist, who was concerned because besides the bleeding, I was on the verge of renal failure. Then even with taking Coumadin, I developed a blood clot on my new mitral valve. They busted the clot which resulted in DVT in my right leg. The muscle was removed along with the clot. After 6 months of appts, with plastic surgeon, I was released. I will always have a disfiguring 12 inch scar and walk with a limp. The resulting limp cause back pain. I'm always extremely fatigued and depressed because I am now worse off than I was before all this started. I feel that the majority of my above problems is due to Coumadin.
Posted by melinda freeman
I was diagnosed with a blood clot in upper leg was put on warfarin was blood tested to check my levels were right all the time.I went to doctor on a Friday and levels were okay by the next evening I was bleeding from both kidneys my levels were off the charts was in the hospital for a week.I had to have all kinds of tests done while in hospital. The doctors suggested having a filter put in . I was so scared and thought I was going to die, cause they couldn't get the bleeding to stop ,that I agreed to the filter being put in. Hasn't been checked since I was released from hospital in May or June 2012 or 2013.This was my second blood clot also had blood clot on lung 1983 after C-Section.
Posted by Pam Hallenberg
I started taking Coumadin/warfarin in 1998 because I was diagnosed with factor V Leiden Mutation at the age of 25. I continued taking it until 2015 when I suffered from repeated fractures in my foot. My doctor completed a bone density scan and determined that my bones were borderline osteopenia (42 years old!). My vitamin D was also very low (osteomalacia). I stopped taking Coumadin/warfarin at that point and began taking xarelto and 50,000 units of vitamin D. My levels slowly came back up and I was able to start physical activity again.
Posted by Larry
Was hospitalized on too much warfarin. Had internal bleeding and I have been lethargic and slow since then.
Posted by allen thomas
in preparation for a caratoid artery angioplasty which is yet to be done i was put on warfarin in combo with aspirin...after about a month i experienced abdominal bleed which was treated by GI and attributed to the warfarin/aspirin .i was given transfusions to replace the lost blood and spent several nights in hspital, i was cleared by GI and the problem seems to be resolved. in prep for the angioplasty they will put me on plavix instead. i experienced alot of weakness and had to stay in rest for about a month after the experience.
Posted by Wyndie Featherstone
I would like to know about the lawsuit as well.
My mother was on Coumadin for many years and developed Dementia. She was also fatigued, a bit depressed, developed horrible bruises from the slightest of bumps, had headaches, stomach pain, etc.
We placed her in a Care Center when we could no longer handle her care at home due to the dementia. She was there 18 days before she suffered blunt force trauma to the head but was kept there for 16 hours before transported to the hospital with a Coumadin level of 5.2. She had 3 brain bleeds that vitamin K could not stop. She died 7 days later.
Posted by tomika newson
My mother had every side effects to this medication in and out the hospital for 10years and past away in 2014.. do to a blood clot what the dr. say she never had.
Posted by Ray Dillard
I take Warfarin because I had to have a heart valve and conduit replaced due to Marfan Syndrome. Over the time that I have been taking the drug I have had several instances where I would either blow my nose or I would sneeze and my nose would start to bleed profusely. When U would go to the Emergency Room or to the doctor's office they would put an ice pack on it or hold pressure on it and then finally they would pack it full of gauze or put foam wedges in there to stop the bleeding. All this did was to force the blood to go down the back of my throat causing me to eventually.become nausias and throw up what looked like clotted blood. This has happened several times over the period that I have beentaking Warfarin and I am told that I must remain on this medication for the rest of my life due to the replacing of my heart valve with a titanium heart valve. I am thankful that the doctors were able to repair my heart but I do wonder sometimes if.I could get one of these nose.bleeds and not.be able yo make it to a hospital or the doctors office in time. Please let.me know if. I have any legal right to compensation due to the multiple times that this happened. It may be difficult but if needed I believe the doctor's offices and the 4 hospitals that I have had to go yo over the years should have records of my Emergency Room visits. Please let me know if you feel that there is any recourse for us in this matter. Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to receiving your reply.
Posted by Anonymous
My father died of a hemorrhagic stroke after being on warfarin for over 2 years. He lost feeling in his right arm and leg, then lost the ability to speak clearly within minutes, then became lethargic and vomited in the ambulance. He was unresponsive in the hospital. Bleeding increased overnight. He died 3 days later without ever regaining any neurological response.
Posted by Bryan
My mother was given Warfarin prior to a knee-replacement surgery in 2014. She suffered end a seizure in pre-op so the surgery never happened. Her health declined after that episode,,as she was kept on anti-seizure medicine in addition to Warfarin. Earlier this year, she went to the hospital complaining of difficulty breathing, and was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and given antibiotics. After no change in condition for weeks, she continued going back to the hospital until a doctor finally realized the had blood clots in her lungs due to DVT. Her dosage of Warfarin was increased and she was placed on oxygen. Two days after Thanksgiving, my mom complained of a severe headache and by the time the ambulance arrived she was in a coma and subsequently suffered brain death. The use of the blood thinner cause a 7 hour fatal brain hemorrhage and we lost our mom.
Posted by Anonymous
My spouse has been on Warfarin after recent heart bypass sugery and is on dialysis. He has been diagnosed with Calciphylaxis. I have been reading about possible correlations between Warfarin and dialysis.
Posted by Patricia
My husband had been on Warfarin for 8 years was just taking off of it after internal bleeding 2 times
Posted by Evelyn easter
I haven't heard from the cardiologists Sam I were in the hospital they gave me no more apartments don't know why
Posted by Sue Wallace
After knee surgery they found a blood clot and put me on Coumadin my pcp told me I was to be on it for 6 months. I felt fatigued and tired all the time! My chest hurt with horrible pressure ! They then found a blood clot in my lung so I had to continue the Coumadin for another 6 months all though I had continued chest pressure and pain they checked for another blood clot in my lung and found none. After being hospitalized a few times for the chest pain my cardiologist came in and told me to stop the Coumadin right away! I asked why and he told me it's poison and suspected it to be the reason for all my chest pain. I stopped it and felt better with in a few weeks ! I still get horrible chest pain that they called pericarditis or Costochondritis ! I know this was caused from Coumadin . The new protocol for being in Coumadin when you know where the blood clot source is from is 3 months ! My pcp had me on it for 6 then an additional 6 for blood clot in my lung ! All the other doctors thought that was weird because of new protocol ! They said he is an old school doctor ! I also could not do my job as law enforcement because I could not work being on Coumadin ! This drug ruined my life and still causes me horrible chest pain 2 years later !
Posted by Steven Lynn Fultz
I was put on warfarin in 2005. I took it for 6 months and stayed sick all the time. I went to see a gastrointologist and had numerous tests done to see why I was staying sick. This was after I quit taking it. I had a ultrasound, endoscopy, & a c t scan. My doctor determined I had Barretts esophagus. To this day now 2015 I stay sick a lot.My energy level is shot. My feet stay cold & is very painful to stand. It is very upsetting! My throat is raw all the time, milk is what helps me a lot.
Posted by Margot Hilaire
The doctor gave me warfarin after a surgery but did not tell me regardless the warning of the hospital. 3 month later I suffered a heard attack and my heard stop' beating. Wondering if warfarin had a part to be blamed for that?
Posted by Danza Romero
I took warfarin for almost 2 years and have had complications then and still do to this day.I am very screwed up in my entire body due to this medication and I had to be on it for having deep thrombosis in the right side chest area but no one ever believes me that I felt like this and now I know there's others like me I hope that this problem gets taken care of .
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Posted by Roger Breashears
I had been using warfarin for a time and still had a stroke. But before I left the hospital the Dr.came to me and told me something very strange. He took me to the side and said, if I were you l would quit taking that blood thinner.l always thought the medicine prevented strokes. I am curious if this has happened to anyone else.
Posted by Sylvia
My husband was given coumadin warfarin and 2007/2008/2009 and 2010 through 12 4 after heart surgery in 2009 he went into the hospital for 60 days for internal bleeding kidney failure and respiratory distress he was later admitted to the nursing facility which he stayed for a period of time. Because of the stress of his hospitalization Exedra it began to affect his temperament he became very aggressive and hallucinogenic because he thought that he was dying and so did the doctors. This supplic subsequently led to our separation because of the impact his illness had on our relationship and finances. We were separated for 5 years of the time of his recovery he has never fully recovered. I feel that due to the stress and the illness and the impact of the internal bleeding hospitalization and the impact of his illness ill affected our marriage and relationship as well as his help and mine emotional state. I would decide compensation for emotional trauma due to the impact of his illness.
Posted by chrystal mapps
i would like more information on the warfarin law suit
Posted by Anonymous
Took 5 mgs of Warfarin for 23 days. I suffered constant headaches, nausea, and dizziness. The total and continuous discomfort caused me to become bedridden, rather than fainting to the floor. I quit taking the drug , and after two days, began to improve and am able to walk.
Posted by Anonymous
Her daughter took her to a hospital for her hand cut Bleeding a lot They send her home no one checked in on her four 3 days and nephew took her food she seemed fine then she was found by her daughter or neighbor in the kitchen floor in her own bodily fluids and waste she did not know a lot. We seen her the next day she seemed to be ok the very first thing the DR did was take her off coimindin (SP) and she started coming around they say she did not have a stroke. She is very belligerent cause The dr put her in a home and she wants to go to her home so now they heavily sedated her and the sister doesn't want to find a place she SAYS THERE ARE NON IN CALIFORNIA TO TAKE HERI believe since she left he Coumadin clinic here where it was tested two or three times a week We will be bring here home she has also had 2 bladdersling the years I don't know , She constantly has severe YTI"S which cause dememntia They want to put her on a physch,ward There are to many questions here , for me to validate she has dementia that one of these things are causing it Any input???
Posted by Kentucky
My father died after 45 days being on coumadin in 2009. He had a stroke and then died 45 days later.
Posted by Georgia
My mother was prescribed Coumadin for her irregular heartbeat. She did not have high blood pressure. She had been complaining to her doctor of headaches & flu-like symptoms. He continued her on the medication. At 11pm one night she was rushed to the emergency room suffering a severe headache & was in a coma by the time the ambulance arrived. She was pronounced brain dead a few hours later & passed away the next day. She had been to her doctors appointment a few days before this happened.
Posted by Nevada
Was given coumadin and heparin to treat deep vein thrombosis. Shortly after being released from hospital on heparin, developed severe bruising to lower extremities resulting in skin necrosis. Had two surgeries to remove dead tissue, right leg included entire circumference of right leg below the knee and two large lesions on left leg. Had skin grafts to both lower legs with skin from front of thighs. As a result, I've been severely scarred. Unable to wear anything but pants, have constant edema, especially to right leg.