View Full Version : Going off coumadin for 5 days -- worried.

Falling Leaves
07-29-2015, 11:51 AM
I take coumadin for a genetic blood clotting disorder. I'm having a core needle biopsy next Tuesday. The doctor wants me to stop taking it for five days, I feel a bit unsafe. My doctor is very competent but you hear all these stories about people going off blood thinners before surgery then having a heart attack or stroke. Am I worrying for nothing?

My INR range: 2.0 - 3.0
Last INR(two weeks ago): 2.5
All my INR's have been within range for the last two years
No blood clots for three years
Legs and feet no longer swell

07-29-2015, 08:07 PM
Coumadin remains in your system for four days even if you stop taking it during that period. When you resume, they usually give lovenox in addition to the Coumadin to help get back to your normal inr.
I hope this helps you feel better about stopping.