For patients who take Coumadin® (the generic name is warfarin), it’s very important to measure the blood’s anti-coagulation level on a regular basis. That’s what the PT/INR test is for.keeping the PT/INR in a safe range,by adjusting the Coumadin dose will help patients avoid many serious complications like stroke and bleeding.
The doctor is probably checking PT/INR level in his or her office or sending patients to a local lab about once a month, but now patients can check their own PT/INR in the comfort of their home. This is called PT/INR self testing.
Medicare and many insurance plans cover weekly PT/INR self testing for most patients taking Coumadin® (warfarin) — so it probably won’t cost any more to enjoy the convenience and accuracy of self testing.
Patients need a prescription from their doctor to begin PT/INR self testing at home.
Ask your doctor if self testing is right for you!