Warafin is principally used as a blood thinner to prevent blood clots. The level of warafin in the system needs to be balanced for any change in the amount of warafin in the blood can seriously affect the individual. For instance, too little of warafin may cause formation of blood clot and too much, excessive bleeding. The fluctuation may also lead to different health risks.
People on warafin must be careful about taking other drugs, and some natural health products. There are certain types of foods that are suspected to interact with the warafin in the system and can change the warafin level in the blood which may cause negative effects on health.
Antibiotics (azithromycin, erythromycin, tetracycline), acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (Acetylsalicylic acid [ASA], celecoxib), acid reducing agents, antifungal agents, lipid lowering agents, etc are the drugs that are known to interact with warafin. Till date, the herbal, vitamins and the mineral products that are suspectd to change the level of warafin in the blood are chondroitin plus glucosamine, danshen, dong quai, coenzyme Q10, fenugreek, fish oil supplements that contain EPA and DHA, vitamin A, ginger, onions, seaweed to name a few.
Hence, if you are on warafin and you are visiting your doctors for any other health problem, it is crucial that you keep your doctor up to date. Moreover, it is important to follow the instructions given by the health expert while taking the prescribed dose of warafin.