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How does warfarin interact with vitamin K?

Individuals taking anticoagulant (anticlotting) medications such as warfarin (also known as Coumadin) need to keep a consistent intake of vitamin K. This medication decreases the activity of vitamin K and prolongs the time it takes for blood to clot. If these individuals suddenly increase the vitamin K in their diets, the vitamin can override the effect of the drug, enabling the blood to clot too quickly.

In contrast, a sudden decline in dietary vitamin K can enhance the effectiveness of the drug.

Green leafy vegetables are rich sources of vitamin K.

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