Coumadin Dosage Management

coumadinFor 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.

  • Fast. Accurate. Easy-to-use
  • Covered by Medicare and most insurance providers
  • Clinically proven to reduce stroke and bleeding
  • With self testing, patients check the PT/INR level once a week, which means the doctor will find out more quickly if the blood’s anti-coagulation level is out of the safe range (also known as the “therapeutic range”). Clinical studies have shown more frequent testing lowers the risk of serious complications.
  • 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!