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Old 02-18-2004, 12:22 AM   #1
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How long do I have to take Coumadin for a blood clot?

The first week in November I ended up in the hospital for a week with a blood clot in the middle of my thigh. Since then I've been on the blood thinner coumadin. I've been going in every two weeks since to check my blood levels and such and today I had another ultrasound to determine how the blood clot is doing. When I met with the doctor later to get the results of the ultrasound she was really rude and didn't tell me much on how the blood clot is doing or how long I'll have to take coumadin for. The most she said to me was she would keep me on coumadin for as long as she wanted.

I'm considering getting a second opinion so I can hopefully get some answers on how it's doing and how long I have to be on coumadin. Any thoughts?

 
Old 02-20-2004, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: How long do I have to take Coumadin for a blood clot?

Please seek out a second opinion as soon as possible. If you have a current blood clot, I would think that Coumadin is not the immediate answer that you need. Coomonly Heparin is used for an "active" clot to disolve the clot quickly before it can travel elsewhere in the body. Lovenox is one that is commonly used. It is an injection taken in the stomach twice a day until the clot disolves. I'm sorry that your doctor is being vague about the Coumadin therapy. Unfortunately, she probably just doesn't want to tell you that this may be a permanent thing. My sister has a clotting disorder that causes clots quite often. I do believe that once it is determined that you are prone to clotting, the Coumadin is used as a permanent treatment for the prevention of more clots. It would be adviseable to find another physician with more expertise in clotting issues...Let us know what happens. And I hope that I have given some guidance in what you may expect.
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The first week in November I ended up in the hospital for a week with a blood clot in the middle of my thigh. Since then I've been on the blood thinner coumadin. I've been going in every two weeks since to check my blood levels and such and today I had another ultrasound to determine how the blood clot is doing. When I met with the doctor later to get the results of the ultrasound she was really rude and didn't tell me much on how the blood clot is doing or how long I'll have to take coumadin for. The most she said to me was she would keep me on coumadin for as long as she wanted.

I'm considering getting a second opinion so I can hopefully get some answers on how it's doing and how long I have to be on coumadin. Any thoughts?

 
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Old 02-24-2004, 08:23 AM   #3
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Re: How long do I have to take Coumadin for a blood clot?

I had a blood clot in my right calf 2 or 3 yrs ago. Was in the hospital, received heparin IV and Coumadin, and then was on Coumadin for 6 months until the protimes stabilized. I was told by my Doc that the clot does not dissolve but stabilizes against the wall of the vein so it does not break loose and cause an embolism. Collateral (?) circulation takes over. In my mind I understand what that means, but I can't explain it. I was kind of nervous to go off Coumadin, but the Doc knew best. This is just to tell you of the experience I had. Good luck to you. Maggie
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Re: How long do I have to take Coumadin for a blood clot?

Augustpt1

i was told i had a clot 2 weeks after i started taking birth control pills.
my doc put me in the hosptil for 1 night and started me on lovenox the shot for a week and coumadin . he said that i would be on the coumadin for at lest 6 months. at the end of six month i would come off and as long as there was no more problems i could stay off the coumadin. you need a second opinion with a better doc.

 
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