What not to eat when you are on blood thinner?

5 Things to Avoid When Taking Blood Thinners
  • Foods Rich in Vitamin K. Specifically for individuals taking the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), vitamin K-rich foods like spinach, brussels sprouts, kale and even green tea can counteract the drug's effectiveness.
  • Alcohol.
  • Contact Sports.
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Grapefruit Juice.
A.

What foods should be avoided when taking Warfarin?

Warfarin diet: What foods should I avoid?
  • Kale.
  • Spinach.
  • Brussels sprouts.
  • Collards.
  • Mustard greens.
  • Chard.
  • Broccoli.
  • Asparagus.
  • What happens if your INR levels are too high?

    It is important to monitor the INR (at least once a month and sometimes as often as twice weekly) to make sure that the level of warfarin remains in the effective range. If the INR is too low, blood clots will not be prevented, but if the INR is too high, there is an increased risk of bleeding.
  • What fruits and vegetables do not have vitamin K?

    Vitamin K is found in the following foods:
    • Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green leaf lettuce.
    • Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
    • Fish, liver, meat, eggs, and cereals (contain smaller amounts)
  • What foods are natural blood thinners?

    vegetables, like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions. fruits, like berries, grapes, grapefruits, pineapple, and pomegranates. tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and brazil nuts. fish like mackerel, trout, herring, albacore tuna, and salmon.
B.

What medication should be avoided while taking warfarin?

This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others. These medicines may affect blood clotting and may also increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
  • What are the side effects of the drug warfarin?

    Stop using warfarin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
    • pain, swelling, hot or cold feeling, skin changes, or discoloration anywhere on your body;
    • sudden and severe leg or foot pain, foot ulcer, purple toes or fingers;
    • sudden headache, dizziness, or weakness;
  • What does warfarin do to the body?

    The formation of a clot in the body is a complex process that involves multiple substances called clotting factors. Warfarin decreases the body's ability to form blood clots by blocking the formation of vitamin K–dependent clotting factors. Vitamin K is needed to make clotting factors and prevent bleeding.
  • What happens if your INR levels are too high?

    It is important to monitor the INR (at least once a month and sometimes as often as twice weekly) to make sure that the level of warfarin remains in the effective range. If the INR is too low, blood clots will not be prevented, but if the INR is too high, there is an increased risk of bleeding.
C.

What foods raise your INR levels?

Note: Most fruits, meats, starches, dairy products and sweets do not contain high amounts of vitamin K. Consuming large amounts of cranberry juice may increase warfarin levels (so your INR may be higher, and you may be at a higher risk for bleeding).
  • How do you treat high INR?

    Before vitamin K is administered, the potential for warfarin resistance must be balanced against the risk of bleeding — determined according to the patient's indication for anticoagulation. The treatment options for patients who have been over-anticoagulated are: Dose omission. Oral phytomenadione (vitamin K1)
  • Why would INR be high?

    For some who have a high risk of a blood clot, the INR needs to be higher - about 2.5 to 3.5. A prolonged PT means that the blood is taking too long to form a clot. This may be caused by conditions such as liver disease, vitamin K deficiency, or a coagulation factor deficiency.
  • What does it mean when the INR is too high?

    When the INR is higher than the recommended range, it means that your blood clots more slowly than desired, and a lower INR means your blood clots more quickly than desired.

Updated: 18th November 2019

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