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What is a typical recommended dose of warfarin?

Doses of warfarin vary among patients. Most patients take between one and 10 milligrams (mg.) daily. However, doses vary based on each person's clotting time. A blood test called an "INR" (International Normalized Ratio) measures blood clotting speed. Your doctor will determine your dose of warfarin based on your INR and likely check your blood a few days later, and possibly adjust your dose.  A typical INR range for a patient on warfarin is between 1.5-2.5 (but doctors might desire a higher number for some patients). 

Steven V. Gurland, MD
Internal Medicine
Warfarin or coumadin is used to thin your blood to prevent clotting that can lead to strokes or heart complications. The dose varies and is adjusted by monitering you with blood work.

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