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   new pill to replace coumadin? (Blood and Blood Vessel board)

22nd April 2006
I was recently prescribed Coumadin because I was diagnosed with DVT. They had me on Lovenox injections every 12 hours for a month, then they took me off the shots and gave me the Coumadin. After three weeks of adjusting the dosage they put me back on Lovenox because they cannot get the Coumadin "theraputic". I am curious to know what this "new pill" is because maybe it would work better for me. Another question I have is; are there any side effects to the Coumadin? I have not been in on it for very long, so the side effects I am feeling may not be due to the Coumadin. I break out into rashes with an itchy feeling that feels like it is under my skin. It's not pleasant. I also get headaches more frequently now. In your experience, do you think these side effects could be due to the Coumadin?
22nd April 2006
My PCP mentioned a pill to replace coumadin about 3 years ago. He didn't give a name, but just said it wasn't approved yet? I have an appt with my hemotologist in a few weeks. I'll have to bring this subject up to see what she has to say.

I recently am back on coumadin after a clot late last year. I did the lovenox shots for a few months first, and I am now back on the coumadin. My biggest issue right now with the coumadin is the hair loss-has anyone else experienced this while on coumadin?
24th April 2006
I have Anti-Thrombin 3 Deficiency, which is a deficiency of the clotting factor AT3. I would have to know a whole lot more about any new drug before agreeing to go off my Coumadin. There are so many unknown variables, considering the broad range of disorders Coumadin is prescribed for. Lovenox was supposed to be a great alternative if you needed to go off the Coumadin for surgery. I used it before my heart cath and still developed a blood clot. The accepted treatment when hospitalized with a DVT is IV Heparin therapy. But, in people with AT3 deficiency, Heparin has been found to further deplete the levels of AT3 in the blood. These are issues that are only discovered after years of trial and error, unfortuntely. So, nope, I won't risk something new as long as the Coumadin is working for me. I've been taking it for 35 years now and it's working just fine.

I don't remember all the side effects listed on the drug info sheets. But fatigue and hair loss are there, and I have them both. But, hey, bald beats dead! ;-) If you're experiencing rashes, though, you should probably check with your pharmacist for a list of adverse side effects just to make sure you're not allergic to it.
14th July 2006
I just found out today that there is/was a study on Lovenox in pill form. Lovenox was always administered by needle, so pill form would be ideal. Since my pro-time is so erratic, this would be a terrific option. There would be no need to test every few weeks, as you have to with coumadin, nor would there be any vitamin K restrictions. Has anyone heard anything about this study?
5th April 2007
[QUOTE=life_is_good;2458135]I just found out today that there is/was a study on Lovenox in pill form. Lovenox was always administered by needle, so pill form would be ideal. Since my pro-time is so erratic, this would be a terrific option. There would be no need to test every few weeks, as you have to with coumadin, nor would there be any vitamin K restrictions. Has anyone heard anything about this study?


i just found this list. i have been on coumadin/warfarin since december. my protimes continue to be all over the palce. i would be very interested in the lovenox in pill form.
has anyone heard anyting else about it.
thanks
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