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patients taking warfarin should watch their intake of vitamin K, since too much vitamin K may alter the way in which warfarin works. The amount of foods high in vitamin K (such as broccoli, spinach, and turnip greens) eaten each week should be kept stable. Grapefruit juice should be avoided because it may intensify the effects of this medication.
Warfarin is a pain in the butt; having to have a blood test every damned week [!]
Currently, the only orally available anticoagulants are the vitamin K antagonists, such as warfarin. LMWH and fondaparinux have simplified the initial treatment of VTE[Venous ThromboEmbolism]. Both agents have better bioavailability after subcutaneous injection and a longer half-life than heparin. In addition, they produce a more predictable anticoagulant response. These features permit once daily subcutaneous dosing without coagulation monitoring. Consequently, the majority of patients with VTE can now be treated with LMWH or fondaparinux as outpatients, an approach that reduces healthcare costs and enhances patient satisfaction.
RD - it would still involve a weekly trip to the doctor to have a needle stuck in me, so what's the difference?
The difficulties surrounding warfarin administration have spurred the development of new oral anticoagulants that can be given in fixed doses with little or no coagulation monitoring.
When I was in hospital I was having daily Heparin injections in my tummy
QuoteWhen I was in hospital I was having daily Heparin injections in my tummyBlimey boss, you got the old memory going again, only with me they had the size of a footie pitch to choose from !