What should I do if injury or bleeding occurs while using warfarin (coumadin) ?
While using warfarin, you should be protected from bleeding and trauma as much as possible.
The most important side effect of the warfarin drug is bleeding. If you encounter situations such as nose bleeding, blood in the saliva, bleeding with vomiting, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, black or red stools, blood in the eyes, bruises on the body, unusual increase in menstrual bleeding. Have your INR measured and consult your doctor.
The most common of the warfarin side effects is nosebleeds. If you have nosebleeds, you should sit in an upright position and tilt your head slightly down. This will prevent blood from filling your mouth. You should apply pressure by pinching your nostrils with your thumb and forefinger for about 10 minutes. If the bleeding has not stopped and is severe, consult a health institution.Since nosebleeds can also be caused by the high INR test, please have an INR test and contact your doctor.
If you cut any part of your body, apply pressure to the cut area for at least 5 minutes with the help of a clean and dry cloth in a way that does not prevent blood flow. If bleeding continues, apply to the hospital.
While using warfarin, bruises may occur on your body without trauma. If bruises occur on your body, do an INR analysis and inform your doctor. Also, protect yourself from traumas to avoid bruises on your body.
When you consult a doctor because of any health problem, you should definitely state that you are using warfarin… Keep a medical warning label in your necklace, bracelet or purse stating that you use warfarin in an emergency. If an accident occurs and the person is too ill to communicate, the medical warning label must include the reason for using warfarin and the telephone number of the person to be contacted in case of an emergency.