Coumadin / Warfarin: Overview

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:41 by admin
Updated September 2007- Warfarin is an anti-coagulant that thins the blood in order to prevent blood clots. Warfarin is the generic version of the popular blood-thinning drug Coumadin.

Recently, the Food & Drug Administration announced that women who take warfarin along with vaginal creams and suppositories containing miconazole (such as Monistat) might experience dangerous side effects. Side effects include nosebleeds, bruising, and bleeding gums. The FDA recommends that women who have questions about using warfarin along with products that contain miconazole should seek the advice of a doctor.

Another recent report cautions doctors to avoid over prescribing warfarin or Coumadin. If these drugs are taken in excess, severe bleeding and death may result. In 2007, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, conducted a longitudinal Adverse Events Reporting System Review of the U.S. FDA's most dangerous drugs. The study found Coumadin to be one of the most dangerous drugs on the market with one of the highest numbers of serious drug outcomes.  Over the eight years of the dangerous drug study, Coumadin was found to have over 6,200 adverse events resulting in disability or serious medical outcome in an 8-year period.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after taking warfarin or Coumadin. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Blood Thinning Drugs: Overview
  2. Blood Clots
  3. Bruises: Overview
  4. Excessive Bleeding: Overview
  5. Kidney Failure
  6. Myositis: Overview
  7. Rhabdomyolysis
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