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OT/Coumadin

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by esoxhunter, Apr 24, 2011.

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  1. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I've been on Coumadin for about 10 years. This due to having an irregular heartbeat. (When taking my pulse it seems to skip a beat about every 6 or 7 times). I hate it and am considering taking a couple of aspirin each day instead of coumadin. Anybody made the switch? I know, the doctor does not advise it; but I do not have a severe case of atrial fibrillation. Many people have a terribly high pulse rate, among other things. My only problem is with this skipped beat. Thanks for any input you can provide. Ed
     
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    What are you taking for the skipped beats? Ask your doctor about Fleckenide,it's an older medicine, my wife takes for her skipped beats. I was on coumadin for lots of years but I had A-fib really bad. I didn't dare get off it. Too much risk in a stroke. Not worth the gamble. Bulge.
     
  3. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I am taking the coumadin for the skipped beats; as they say my heart is not pumping blood correctly and there is a chance of a clot. I also take Metoprolol to slow my heart rate.
     
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    Since a heart attack in 89 I've haved shipped heart beats also, Several heart Dr's have stated that everyone has them and most people don't even realize it.

    If you get light headed or dizzy while you have them I'd be running to a Dr. other than that just mention it and see what he says.

    Bill
     
  5. W.P.T.

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    Consult your Heart Doctor, if he advises against taking aspirin in place of Coumadin that would be your choice and you would be the one who pays the price if you guess wrong ... I am on Coumadin and aspirin because my Cardiologist feels that is the best thing for me ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    For those of you that don't know coumadin is a mild "rat poison". Bulge.
     
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    This might help you decide..........Just Thursday we had a guy in EXCELLENT physical condition that is 72 yrs. old. He apparently went into A-fib and then "threw" a clot several hours later. Well, the result was a mojor stroke and we flew him out of our facility to a higher care facility. Who knows what the outcome will be----hopefully he will walk and function again for the most part. Follow your Cardiologist's orders if you fully trust him.----------------------THERE ARE WORST THINGS AND CONDITIONS THAN BEING D E A D !!!!!!
     
  8. Recoil Sissy

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    Source for the following: Wikipedia

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    Warfarin (also known under the brand names Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, Lawarin, Waran, and Warfant) is an anticoagulant. It is most likely to be the drug popularly referred to as a "blood thinner," yet this is a misnomer, since it does not affect the thickness or viscosity of blood. Instead, it acts on the liver to decrease the quantity of a few key proteins in blood that allow blood to clot.

    It was initially marketed as a pesticide against rats and mice and is still popular for this purpose.

    A few years after its introduction, warfarin was found to be effective and relatively safe for preventing thrombosis and embolism (abnormal formation and migration of blood clots) in many disorders. It was approved for use as a medication in the early 1950s and has remained popular ever since; warfarin is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant drug in North America.[1]
     
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    I too have afib - after taking coumadin for some years I went to Amiodorone (prescription) and haven't had a probllem since - there are some side effects which you should know about - doo a Google on Amiodorone and be confident you want to take it
     
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    Bentley, I took that drug for around 10 years and one of the side effects is that it gives your skin a bluish color. Every once in a while i would have one of my friends call me Papa Smurf. Bulge.
     
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    I've had Afib for along time, and have been using coumadin for about 10 yrs or more, I was reluctant to take it at first, but my brother had a major stroke when he was 51, and has since been connfined to a nursing home, so it makes it easier to deal with, I just get tried of having to go get my blood checked every month

    But I sure as hell don't want to be where my brother is, if I ever am at least I hope I still have a working trigger finger, and a friend who will bring me one of my wheel guns


    But also have them check your potassium level that can also cause your heart to skip beats, at least it does mine
     
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    Another draw back to coumadin is recently studies have shown it reduces the ability of the blood to remove plaque from the walls of arteries,veins,etc.,leading to hardening of the arteries.However as stated above,discuss all options and concerns with your physician.Sencond opinions are always helpful.Some doctors get in a rut with certain conditions and medications, and don't look for newer medications and just go by old standbys.Alternatives are out there,but sometimes it takes some research to find them.

    Doug H.
     
  13. dirk

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    i was on coumadin and was taken off and prescribed a new drug for issues such as afib. Its called Pradaxa and has minimal side affects, unlike coumadin. The best feature of the drug is the elimination of monthly blood tests. Anyone interested can look it up on line.
     
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    My older sister is on Coumadin along with a long list of other drugs. One of the best things about Coumadin is it is CHEAP that is why it is prescribed. A drawback is that it is sometime tough to regulate. that is why the blood tests every month. Look at the price of rat poison, more of Coumadin in a box of that than in your script. It costs just pennies, of course because of the markups it coost you more. Bill
     
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    I was also on Coumadin, Doc. changed it to Pradaxa, as Dirk stated above, no more monthly checks, or dose change just a pill in the morning and one at night

    Regards


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    I have heard of Pradaxa. As it has just been approved by the FDA it carries a large price tag. I would assume my Medicare insurance supplement would not be receptive to the prescription change from Coumadin to Pradaxa. I sure would like to try it though.
     
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    I read every thread I see on Atril Fibulation on this forum for the last several years. My interest is due to having the condition. One thing that has realy stood out in these various threads is that one description of the condition does not fit all. For some getting dressed in the morning is exhausting, others like my self have never had a sympton. Some have had oblation, many electro-cardiversion, all I suspect take medication. My point is that it simply too complex of a situation to take treatment advise on a discussion board from untrained people who do not know your medical history, full list of symptons and other relevant factors. I do find these discussions informitive and interesting. They have generated questions from me to my Electro-physiologist. Don Miller
     
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    Don: I have no real symptoms except that if you take my pulse; it will seem to skip a beat. (about every 7 or 8 beats). I agree that "one size fits all"; does not apply to individuals diagnosed with this problem. I have seen a heart specialist exactly once since being diagnosed with atrial fib. about 10 years ago. Since then it was just getting my pro-time taken and taking warfarin. I should really schedule another meeting with a cardiologist and get another opinion.
     
  19. dirk

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    Pradaxa is expensive, but with a letter from your cardiologist and a call to the manufacturer will result in a massive discount from the company. I got a discount card which limits the payment to $30 a month. While this is obviously more expensive than coumadin, it is much safer. Readers are correct when they caution that it is not for everyone and the medicine much fit the problem. Just offering an alternative.
     
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    As correctly pointed out Pradaxa is expensive. However, with a letter to your insurance company and contacting Pradaxa the cost can be reduced. Pradaxa issued me a discount card which provided a massive discount amounting to a maximum payment of $30 per month. While this is more expensive than coumadin it is much safer. Readers are also correct that medicines are like shoes, one does not fit everyone.
     
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