Re: what would cause coumadin levels to drop
I am new to this so I am not sure that anyone will still be on this thread....I had blood clots break loose from my leg and go to my lungs 2 years ago...My INR has never stayed stable....I have a list of so many things that can cause it to go up and down....There are so many things that people aren't even aware of such as canola oil, fish oil capsules, all multi-vitamins are off limits because they have Vitamin K in them... Citrus juices...especially grapefruit juice is a no-no as well as cranberry juice. Someone mentioned V-8 juice, it has vegies in it that can affect your INR....My doctor did say that there are approx. 20 % of those on coumadin whose INR never remains in what is considered normal....One week I am at 1.2 and the next at 4.8 and bleeding out...all the while my diet and coumadin dosage has remained the same.
I have Lupus and my blood disorder was caused from it so I will be on Coumadin the rest of my life....I try to study and research all that I can so that perhaps someday I will be a little less stressed with my up and down levels...All I can say to someone in this same situation is to read and research all you can.