Coumadin Confession. . .

And now for something completely different:

I just polished off a bag of Kale Chips and 1/2 a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc while watching Dexter. I’m hoping they cancel each other out (the kale and wine, that is, not Dexter).




  1. I was a total warfarin rebel- LOL! I figured an occasional act of defiance wouldn’t hurt.

  2. This may not be 100% accurate but I thought the real issue with alcohol is that it can irritate your gastric lining and cause GI bleeding. Then because of the Coumadin that bleeding may not stop, blah, blah, blah (insert everything you already know). With that said, Coumadin never stopped me from drinking or enjoying a fine bottle of wine!

    1. @dd – you are correct from what I gather, but life must be lived to the fullest on occasion 🙂 Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

      1. caroline b · ·

        The worst is when the doctors told me to hold off shaving my legs ad much as possible for the 6 months I was on wafarin. If I had been winter time, I might have listened but since I was on it from the end of May until November, I rebelled quite a few times lol.

      2. You razor wielding rebel, you! Haha

  3. That was hilarious Mrs. T 🙂 Since we are on this topic – I was wondering if we could chat about the Coumadin a bit? I was just wondering what your experiences are. I have been on it since my PE’s in 2007. I had a Lupus Anticoagulant (or something like that) test that was positive when I was first diagnosed. They said they would retest in 6 months and if it was still positive then I would have to stay on Coumadin for life. Of course the test was positive and so I am still taking it. I would love to hear if anyone has been told this but actually got off? I don’t want to take this stuff forever if I don’t have to 🙂 Thanks to all and thanks for the laugh Mrs. T 🙂

    1. @T – I too am told I should be on Coumadin for life. I do NOT have a clotting disorder that they can find and although my doctors are 99.9% certain my DVT/PE was caused by my Yaz usage, he just doesn’t want me coming off the Coumadin. My clots were too big and I came too close to not surviving. I’m not thrilled with the idea of Coumadin for life and it has taken me a long time and some therapy to be a little OK with it. Honestly, the thought of EVER having another blood clot scares the begheezus out of me, so I will deal with the Coumadin.

    2. I was on that med since Nov 2012 and developed a serve bleeding problem it wouldn’t stop my nose bleed about 3times a day for hours and period time was a nightmare I was hospitalized due to this and put on lovenox injections twice a day. Right now my insurance is covering it at seven days at a time they run 1114.00. I had a blood transfusion it was horrible if not caught in time I would have had a brain bleed. I feel more confident on the new meds but this month once again period issues I’ve been on it for 10 days now heavy.

      1. Lovenox is horribly expensive. Even the generic. I’m sorry the coumadin caused so many problems for you. It’s a tough drug to manage and some people don’t do well on it. Hopefully your doctor can get you some help paying for the Lovenox. Best of luck!

  4. Yeah, I mean I still get freaked out every single time a get a pain in my calf or think I’m short of breath ha ha!!! I would rather take Coumadin than have another clot but I sure would like there to be another option 🙂 I guess I want my cake and eat it too ha ha!!! I was hoping someone had some great doctors who had some great new cure or something ha ha!!! I don’t have insurance so it’s not like I’m out there seeing specialists or something 🙂 Thanks for the reply Mrs. T 🙂

  5. I do NOT miss coumadin!! I wonder at times if I should still be one it, but consider myself lucky to be off it and not having any problems thus far…of course I still freak every time I get a charley horse…

  6. Mrs. T. I was wondering if you can look into something I found on the MDL site. it used to say the bellwether trials were in continuance but just now it didn’t say that. do you think this means that there is going to be trials soon? Hope you can help.
    Thank you for starting this blog. I check it everyday. It has helped me understand what to expect from the lawsuit.
    Good Luck! 🙂

    1. @Karen – Hi, sorry for the delay, your post got lost in the shuffle. I find it highly unlikely that Judge Herndon or the lawyers on either side would be willing to take this to trial. Everything I’ve heard from my lawyers and others involved suggests settlements. I’m not sure why the SDI would have updated the MDL page and removed the continuance notice. We’ll have to keep a close eye on it. I did notice that the last Proceeding Minutes from 11/14/13 said the “Next status conference will be set under separate cover.” I’m not sure what that means, but thought it was odd. Will post if I hear of anything.

  7. I too was told that coumadin would be a part of the rest of my life – 40+/- more years of blood draws! My vascular surgeon suggested I try Xarelto. So far. so good. No testing and my leg scans have come back fine. Not sure why I was a candidate, but I would suggest mentioning the possibility to your doctor.

    1. @Patty-Yeah, my doctor has already suggested Xarelto to me. You might think I’m crazy, but I flat out refuse to take it. Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is made by Bayer, it’s their new big moneymaker. Like YAZ, it works great for some and others it tries to kill them (specifically from internal bleeding). But, as we have all been taught, drugs of any kind hold some risk. Glad to hear your leg scans are coming back negative! Isn’t that the best feeling 🙂

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