• Consult your doctor before making changes to your diet, vitamins or OTC medications, because warfarin interacts with many things.
• Avoid alcohol.
• Take medication with a full glass of water at the same time every day, with or without food.
• Make sure your doctor knows before you have any dental work or surgeries.
• Carry an ID card that says you take warfarin in case of emergency.
• Store your medication away from moisture, heat or light.
• Tell your doctor if you are planning to get pregnant. Warfarin is not safe during pregnancy.
What Should I Watch Out For?
If you notice unusual bleeding, such as blood in your urine or stool; if you're coughing up or vomiting blood; or if you have unexplained severe bruising, skin color changes, headache, dizziness, reoccurring nosebleeds, or heavier than normal menstrual bleeding, seek medical attention. There are specific instructions on how you can manage each medication, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 14, 2012 on PharmacyTimes.com. It has been edited and republished by U.S. News.