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Pradaxa vs. Warfarin for Blood Clots

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Other Names: Coumadin   Jantoven   Marevan   Warfin
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Dabigatran (Pradaxa in Australia, Europe and USA, Pradax in Canada, Prazaxa in Japan) is an route of administration anticoagulant from the class of the direct thrombin inhibitors. It is being studied for various clinical indications and... Read more on Wikipedia
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 misno... Read more on Wikipedia
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By BarbaraS
August 23, 2014
BarbaraS wrote
Paranoia caused by Warfarin
have been on Coumadin for about 12 weeks. Sometimes I experience extremely high levels of anxiety, sometimes when driving, but even worse anxiety as a passenger. I know that there is no reason to feel that way, as I am in the hands of excellent drivers, but this kind of irrational fear overwhelms me and it's very difficult to calm down...
Anna  |  February 3, 2015
I have been taking it for a month now and I seem to "hear things", kind of silly though, like Im being haunted lol Sorry, im not making fun, just that its a relief to know Im not losing it, just another side effect. Hope you get well soon :)
Sylvia  |  November 9, 2014
The exact same thing has happened to an elderly relative of mine, she had all her marbles until they started poisoning her with this nasty medicine a few months ago. and she still had mini strokes, even with the warfarin, so the doc has said she can come off it. Im hoping her paranoia will go away quickly. Hope yours does too :)
October 23, 2014
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By chrissy
July 16, 2014
chrissy wrote
I have recently been put on Warfarin and the same thing happened to me. My pinky toe on right foot often goes numb. New at this so I am unable to determine if it goes away.
Natz  |  January 7, 2015
have a blood clot in my right arm due to having to have a pick line added while in hospital....
chrissy  |  July 16, 2014
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By misty
July 15, 2014
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By Debs
June 28, 2014
Debs wrote
HRT and Warfarin
talk to a natureapth dr I had severe hot flashes after my hysterectomy for me she prescribed sulpher and silica pilliluals (whichc is the name of the small pills used by homepathic and natureapathic drs. it helped remarkably .You need dr advice as EVERY WOMAN is differnt.
Taking warfin my GP says just eatmy greens and drink normallyand let her know about added mediactions She will adjust my warfin dosage accordingly sometimes natural things are way better i totally uderstnd your problems
breezies mama  |  October 4, 2014
I started using soy milk to help with the hot flashes, it seemed to help, but then my upper lip started to turn dark-stopped using the soy, and it went away. Hot flashes still occur but not as often.
kathy  |  August 20, 2014
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By Felix
March 2, 2014
Felix wrote
Xarelto and Eczema
I was on Xarelto for a few months after getting a DVT post knee surgery (I'm a 31 y/o male), and now (after being off of Xarelto for a few weeks), have developed severe eczema on my hands. I have never had a skin issue in my lifetime.
Adam S.  |  January 1, 2015
Had been on Coumadin for several years for recurrent DVTs and had periods of rashes and itching. In April I had more leg clots while on Coumadin, so doctor switched me to Zarelto. Clots are gone, rashes are gone, but skin itches more, just about everywhere: scalp, back, face, arms. Leg itching I think is due to previous dvts causing varicose veins and pooling.
Tom  |  August 23, 2014
I have developed it around my eyes and behind my ears since starting Xarelto.
August 19, 2014
Me too but just in the foot of the DVT leg
Brian S  |  May 31, 2014
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By jim sandrin
February 25, 2014
jim sandrin wrote
Does coumadin cause body temp to drop or feel cool?
Coumadin does not thin your blood. It works by making you blood take longed to clot blood work should be done on a rec uhh last basis to monitor.clotting time leafy green vegetables can decrease your clotting time. It is the vitamin k in these vegetables that have an effect on clotting time
janice  |  January 29, 2015
I have been on warfarin for 3 months I got a blood clot after having a drip I feel like my body has hot water running threw my veins especially hands and feet the dr took me off of it today and I'm on an aspirin a day because the clot is now superficial not dvt I hope this feeling goes away soon I can't take it anymore my feet are blue and it even hurts to stand ! Has anyone else had that hot feeling in your veins ?
tonyarclark@yahoo.com  |  January 1, 2015
I have been on Warfarin for about a month and a half now. I have noticed several side effects since taking it, to include; feeling hot or feverish, flu like symptoms, dry itchy skin, lack of appetite, nausea, hard to wake up in the morning, lack of motivation, to name a few of the more prevalent ones. Of course I have had the bruising and nose bleeds that come out of no where. I live an active life and work an active job, so most of the bruises are explainable. The nose bleeds come out of nowhe
Shane  |  December 15, 2014
I have bee on Coumadin for over 16 years - blood genetic disorder causing PE and DVT- and I have never experienced feeling cool or cold as a result.
D Presby  |  December 14, 2014
Of couse warfarin thins the blood that's why we have regular inr and change dose accordingly , I've been on it now for 6yr for recurrent multiple p.e a couple of them whilst on warfarin as dose was,nt right and blood too thick. Also you can take hrt whilst on warfarin but only a small amount so will depend on how bad ur symptoms are if it will work for you.
jilli  |  October 24, 2014
Warfarin does not thin the blood. Calling warfarin a blood thinner is a misnomer, even though many m.d.'s do it.
a1doc  |  October 5, 2014
look up side effects you will see it all Everyone is different but coumadin / warfin thins your blood so you will experience different temperatures I had bad sweating it turned out to be my cortisol level and pituitary gland as well acting up so get more tests done ..its your body INSIST!!!
breezies Mama  |  October 4, 2014
yes definitely. Since I have been on warfarin after my heart attack when I was 43, I am 45 now, I am cold all the time. My hands and feet and nose mostly are always like ice to the touch. But I also feel the temperatures more extremely now and wear sweaters and use blankets when others don't need to.
carrie  |  October 1, 2014
Since taking Coumadin I am hot all the time , no one can explain why ! Everyone I talk with say they are cold.
Mel  |  August 19, 2014
Damn thing didn't let me finish...sorry about typos also. I had the gene mutation which causes blood clots. But since taking coumadin I have stopped all other medication...I no longer need nurofen for migraines as I don't get migraines or tension headaches because the blood flows freely through my system. I also don't take pain medication because my body is flowing and I don't get back pain because I am not stuck at home in bed with migraines which means I can go out in the sunlight and not get
Emily  |  July 20, 2014
I am 31yo and still on Coumadin and I always wonder how I evet survived playing in the snow in shorts or minus 40 degrees playing in the snow in a jacket I wore outside when it was over 15 degrees. But it's the Coumadin...I can't go outside at night because I don't want to have another shower to get me warm again...I joke and say I have hyperthermia, I just get too cold. I've had cold hands and feet all my life but when I turned 26yo and went on warfarin for lupus anticoagulant promthrombin gen
Emily  |  July 20, 2014
I was really cold when I first started taking it but that has gone away been taking for about a month and a half.
July 16, 2014
Yes, the thinned blood will feel cold and hot temperature changes.
J. Moore  |  July 5, 2014
it causes you not to be able to get warm sometimes
Kai  |  June 12, 2014
Yep... it thins the blood!... get a new doctor!
bailmail  |  April 10, 2014
Yes! I have been taking coumadin for almost 16 years now. I have noticed how much colder I am that other people who are not taking the medication while in the same conditions. It is a frustrating side effect of the medication in my opinion.
Veronica  |  March 11, 2014
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By Burwell Elston
December 3, 2013
Burwell Elston wrote
Shortness of breath
Hi Burwell,
Your shortness of breath can be due to atrial fib. When my atrial fib gets bad, I barely have sufficient breath to carry on a conversation and standing upright is a challenge. However, when my atrial fib is under control, I do get shortness of breath if my Warfarin level is above 3.4-ish. I get myself in for a blood test asap when that happens. I do best if I keep my INR between 2.8 and 3.2. If I get down around 2.5 my left foot begins to really ache in a way that I associate with t
MImi  |  October 24, 2014
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By Judtih Watson
December 2, 2013
Judtih Watson wrote
Are any of the ladies over 60 still having problems? I am having extreme panic attacks or either dibilitating anxiety. I would love to talk with someone about it. I am at the end of my rope. I have suicidal thoughts as I just can't deal with this anymore. If anyone is interested in talking please email me xxx@xx.com. God bless you all.
December 5, 2014
I was having chronic bladder problems for four years until a friend told my about D-mannose. I have not needed antibiotics once since. However, i also cut way back on all acid foods and beverages.
Mimi  |  October 24, 2014
Judith, I am 69 and only got this irregular heartbeat after a prolonged chest infection and collaped lung last October which was not diagnosed early enough. Since then I have had a phlegmy cough after I have eaten, mostly in the evening, and shortness of breath and chest infections for several months. I find it difficult to get to sleep and don't go to bed until about 1 a.m. Taking about 10mg of Warfarin every evening, but having trouble getting my INR to 2.5 that they want it to be. Have be
Aretha  |  July 21, 2014
Hi Judith
I seem to be having the same issues as you are but didnt think it was due to taking the warfarin! i 2 have issues with UTI,s shortness of breath and regular bladder and lung infections l am at present taking 2 kinds of antibiotics for these infections unfortunately it seems to be every 2 weeks l need another prescription. My sleep pattern is awful i didnt sleep at all last night therefore feel really unwell today. I do have some sleeping tablets buy my doctor is reluctant to prescrib
lesley mcinulty  |  February 6, 2014
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By belme1201
November 19, 2013
belme1201 wrote
Coumadin (warfarin) and the gout patient
The last three posts sound exactly like my husband's problem. He was on warfarin for three months. Extreme pain started one week after beginning this drug. It felt like gout but moved from one foot to the other or into one toe or under the foot. Very strange indeed for gout. After a second Holter test, no sign of atrial fibrilation as had been diagnosed in first test. Doctor took him off warfarin as soon as results showed no a.f. A miracle!! Pain in feet disappeared in one week and swelling the
eileen fiell  |  March 3, 2015
I've been on Warfarin for arrythimia and Allopurinol for gout for several years with no problem. Originally, my doc also had me on oc "flushing niacin" which would open my veins & arteries. Turns out the niacin caused severe gout flareups, so I quit that. My standing therapy for gout attacks is concentrated cherry juice. For me it works. Drink 1 qt. at first hint of attack and continue drinking lots of it until attack goes away. If digestive problems occur, I cut back on the amount of juice. I
Richard Chav  |  August 7, 2014
I take warfarin and Allopurinol for gout. On my last flareup I used Celebrex and the pain dissipated in 48 hrs. FYI Allopurinol and Indomethacin are severely contra indicated for with Warfarin, whereas
Celebrex has a lesser level of contra indication. See Webmd.
Jake  |  July 2, 2014
I guess you never had gout pain like this. My quality of life has drop off the map. Even as I want to exercise I can't put any pressure on my foot. Before taken this crap I could walk blocks. Now just to move around the house I take 3 or more of Tylenol.
julian Liss  |  April 27, 2014
So far for me the gout pain has affected my quality of life to the point where I just want it to stop. One way or another. I went from walking to sitting all day cause of the pain.
Julian Liss  |  April 27, 2014
You'd rather have a stroke than the occasional pain of gout? The gout can be handled pretty easily ~ not so much the stroke!
not so much the stroke!  |  December 15, 2013
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Indigestion and Warfarin
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