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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually am in the fibro forum but have a question....
My MIL came home from the hospital on Tuesday, when she left they told us her level was 2.6 which is good.
I took her in today, 2 days later for a check, it's 5.7......what caused it to rise that fast?
She is 77 years old, she was in the hospital/rehab because she had polps removed from her colon, puncture the wall, etc....then the site where they went into got infected....
My thought she may be fighting another infection, I noticed she is getting tired again.
Would her low white blood count and possible infection cause her levels to drop?
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Coumadin is monitored by a blood test called an INR.  There is a very narrow range where this drug is considered therapuetic.  For most indications, this range is 2.0 - 3.0.
If an  INR goes above the  range set by the patient's Dr. this means the  blood is "to thin" and places one at risk for bleeding.   In this situation the Dr. would most likely prescribe a lower dose of the Coumadin and continue to monitor the INR through lab work.
Did your MIL Dr. reduce her Coumadin dosage ? Usually when a person first starts this medication it takes a bit of dose adjustment to come up with the dose that works best for the individual.
I hope this helps you understand more re Coumadin.


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   Posted 8/6/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
She has been on this for years so I am familiar it just the nurse yesterday had a cow about her range which I understand why, she also has a wound that I am packing for her and she bleed yesterday from it, knowning her levels I see why.

I'm also thinking in the hospital, she was in it for a month, she was allowed to eat anything she wanted and she was eating greens on a twice daily basis where before at home she was eating them 3 times a week which kept her levels in check with her dosage. I think she dropped off the greens Tues & Weds which is my fault because I didn't realize how much greens she was eating in the rehab hospital.
Thanks for answering.... yeah
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