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Blood Clot and Coumadin

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:27 am
by Bizzy
Could this be the side effects of the Coumadin? I had the procedure done in Dec. and I developed a blood clot. For the past few weeks, I have absolutely no energy. I'm even having problems lifting my arms. Everything I do is a big effort. This is the worse that I've been since before I went to Poland for my 1st procedure. I keep thinking it has to be the Coumadin since it seems that I only started feeling this way after the doctor raised me to 2 tablets (10mg). Anyone else experienced side effects like this?


Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:41 am

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:46 am
by Cece
I did a quick search:

this whole page has some discussion on coumadin's effect on fatigue, it's from the summer of 09 because that's when people were on Coumadin from Dr. Dake, now it's all Plavix or Arixtra or aspirin or Lovenox:

and here is drsclafani saying "Coumadin sucks" (included because it turned up in the search and made me smile) ;)

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:08 pm
by thornyrose76
Do you have a stent(s)?

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:01 pm
by mavis
I have been on Coumadin for two months now, and I don't find it to be causing exhaustion, fatigue, or any other sucky feeling, but my dose is very low. The idea of ingesting poison is NOT a good feeling though.

Doctors like to prescribe it for the long term as it is very cheap and oral.

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:20 pm
by hopeful2
Hi Sue, sorry to hear that your fatigue is worse. I've been on Coumadin for just eleven days and a lower dosage than you---but I'm not experiencing a big change in energy level.

Did you tell your doctor about it? I hope you start feeling more energetic real soon. :)


Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:36 pm
by Bizzy
Thanks for the info everyone, especially your links Cece. Thornyrose, I don't have a stent, I guess it is just the result of a little over dilation. It's so less depressing knowing that it could be the Coumadin that makes me feel this way.

I go for my doppler again on April 18th, so I will probably be on this drug until then. I will definitely let my local doctor know next time I talk to him but I bet you anything, he will simply blame it on the MS!

I'll let you know if there are any changes to my symptoms.


Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:44 pm
by marcstck
It's very important to get follow-up care while on Coumadin, as the levels of the drug in the blood must be carefully monitored. After my procedure, I saw my GP once a week for blood tests. Other patients were seeing their doctors even more frequently.

Coumadin can definitely knock the crap out of you…

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:35 pm
by 1eye
Please watch your step. On this stuff the least bump can cause a big ugly bruise, ugly because of all the thin blood. I met a guy in rehab who was on it. It made his face very blotchy too. It will go away as soon as you are off it; the bruising will be less easy then too.