Warfarin is the generic name for a drug marketed under the brand name Jantoven belongs to the family of drugs known as anticoagulants or blood thinners and is used to block the formation of blood clots by blocking the formation of specific clotting factors. The drug is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in veins and arteries and may also be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that you not use warfarin and alcohol as side effects may be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Warfarin should not be used if you are pregnantas birth defects in the baby could occur.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to the drug, or if you have hemophelia, any other bleeding disorder that is inherited or caused by disease, a lack of red blood cells (anemia), or low level of platelets in your blood, blood in your urine or stools, coughing up blood, an infection of the lining of your heart, stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcer, recent head injury, aneurysm, bleeding in the brain, have recently had surgery, will have surgery especially brain, spine or eye, if you have to undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, mild stomach pain, bloating, gas or altered sense of taste.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects pain, swelling, hot or cold feeling, skin changes, skin discolouration, sudden and severe leg or foot pain, foot ulcer, purple toes or fingers, sudden headache, dizziness, weakness, bleeding from the nose, mouth, vagina, rectum, bleeding from wounds or needle injections, bleeding that won’t stop, bruising, red spots under the skin, blood in your urine, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, granular vomit, pale skin, light headed, short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, dark urine, jaundice, pain in stomach, back, sides, urinating less, stop urinating, numbness, muscle weakness or illness with diarrhea, fever, chills, body aches or flu symptoms. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your physician.
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