New Coumadin user - help?

Answered on January 29, 2014
Created January 29, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I was started on Coumadin in December after having a TIA from a carotid dissection - there was no clot. I had been doing paleo since September and had lost 10 lbs. Now, in January, I've gained 7 back - having to give up my greens and filling the "hole" with some dairy and potatoes, although I'm still able to keep away from breads, grains and pastas. I've read all the literature - I've talked to my doctor and she says ABSOLUTELY NO GREENS/crucifers. She says I'd have to eat the same quantity every day at the same time to be able to continue eating broccoli. Coumadin is the only medication APPROVED by the FDA for this application. I can't even take a daily multivitamin because they supply 50-60% MDA of Vit K. Has anyone used or is there a study showing a Standardized Turmeric dose will increase their INR so I can get off of this poison??? Are there other foods out there that will increase your INR safely and consistently??? From what I am reading, anything that is good for your heart and immune system lowers your INR.......... I'm dying here, I feel horrible and want my foods back!

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on January 29, 2014
at 07:55 PM

Thanks Matt11. As I indicated in the post, I've already been round with my MD, and others, and Coumadin is the only FDA approved medication for clot PREVENTION after TIA - it's being used prophylactically here; all the other uses involve Afib, and that's not my issue. They want to prevent a future clot from forming at the dissection site. I'm looking for help raising my INR naturally - hence the question about standardized Turmeric or other foods that raise INR



on January 29, 2014
at 06:58 PM

Not a MD, and this is a question for a MD, but I believe there are prescription alternatives to warfarin available now, these aren't affected by dietary vitamin K absorption as they affect different parts of the coagulation sequence.

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