7 Ways to Manage Your Life While On Warfarin
Let’s face it. Life while on Warfarin is tough to manage. It’s annoying, frustrating and overwhelming at times.
Here are 7 tips that’ll definitely give you power over your warfarin therapy.
1. Learn about the vitamin k in foods, interactions with warfarin and how to control your INRs, using this free easy to read guide: inrtracker.com/articles/diet/coumadin-diet
The article will not only give you the vitamin k in many foods but will give you the ability to figure out what foods have vitamin k even when their food labels don’t provide it.
It will also provide you with the information needed to stabilize your INRs using the low dose vitamin k technique.
Last but not least, this guide will inform you of drug/supplement interactions with Warfarin and how they affect your INRs.
2. Track your vitamin k
You can easily track the vitamin k you’re taking in by signing up to INR Tracker and using the food feature. The food feature is built specifically for Warfarin users.
Additionally you can browse through foods and see the vitamin k in them here without signing up: inrtracker.com/nutrients
The above link additionally provides a nutritional calculator, dynamic charts showing how much vitamin k you can have based on the USDA recommendations, and vitamin k comparisons to other foods.
To get to these features, you simply click on a food.
3. Test your vitamin k knowledge
You can test your vitamin k knowledge by taking any one of these fun and quick vitamin k quizzes: http://inrtracker.com/articles/quizzes.
By keeping sharp, you’ll ingrain vitamin k information into your mind and you will use this to make better decisions on your diet.
4. Log your Dosages
When taking warfarin, it’s really important to take your medications as scheduled, and promptly notify your doctor of when you miss them.
Missing a dosage could cause your blood to be “thicker” than normal and let you become more susceptible to clots.
INRTracker has a free warfarin drug dosage logger that even has a great chart that you can print for your INR doctor appointments.
Get it free by signing up to INRTracker.
5. Educate yourself on your treatment
Start reading through articles that impact you on INRTracker’s learn page: http://inrtracker.com/learn.
Explore articles by the National Blood Clot Association (stoptheclot.org): http://www.stoptheclot.org/learn_more/learn_more.htm.
Learn from a patient’s experience: http://bloodclotrecovery.net/blood-clot-basics/.
6. Discuss your life with other warfarin users and organizations
On INRTracker’s discussion board, you can talk to other warfarin users and organizations like the Blood Clot Recovery Network and the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Foundation of America.
Being social in a time when you’re feeling overwhelmed can help you de-stress.
Helping others that are going through what you went through will bring you joy.
In addition, it doesn’t hurt that every post on the discussion board always gets an answer :).
7. Keep on Top of your INRs
When you get a low inr or a high inr, keep on top of it. Try to figure out what may have caused it.
You can do so using this inr levels tool: http://inrtracker.com/inr-levels.
Of course, your doctor should know, but often they can only guess based on what information you provide them. That tool can help jog your memory.