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What are guidelines for taking warfarin?

Following are the do's and don'ts of taking warfarin:
  • Take your warfarin exactly as prescribed by your physician or anticoagulation service.
  • Keep your scheduled blood test -- Inform your doctor or anticoagulation service if you are unable to do so.
  • Notify your doctor or the anticoagulation service of any new or discontinued medications.
  • Notify your physician immediately if you experience any signs of bleeding.
  • Notify anyone providing you medical or dental care that you are taking warfarin.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are on an anticoagulant.
  • Never "double-up" to make up for missed doses.
  • Do not take warfarin if you are pregnant.

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