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Dr. Kennedy Coumadin is a brand name of warfarin, an anticoagulant medication that is usually administered orally. It is used for the prophylaxis of thrombosis and embolism in many disorders. Its activity must be monitored by frequent blood testing for the international normalized ratio (INR). The INR measures the time it takes for blood to clot and compares it to an average. To find the INR, a small sample of blood is taken from a fingertip or vein. The time it takes the blood to clot is measured and a ratio (an INR) is established. The higher the INR, the longer it takes blood to clot. This can help prevent clots that may lead to strokes. But, if the INR is too high, there is a risk of spontaneous and/or uncontrolled bleeding.

Coumadin is also a key ingredient in some rat poisons. In improper doses it can be very dangerous. Coumadin taken by a woman during pregnancy can cause bleeding into the baby's brain (cerebral hemorrhage), underdevelopment (hypoplasia) of the baby's nose and stippling of the ends (the epiphyses) of the baby's long bones. A person on Coumadin, even at proper dosages, is at risk in the event of a trauma which requires normal blood clotting.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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