Side Effects of Coumadin

Side Effects of Coumadin

Side Effects of CoumadinCoumadin is a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots. If you were injured from side effects of Coumadin caused by the negligence of a doctor, then you may have a case for malpractice. Contact our experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers to review your case for free and fight for the compensation you are owed.

Side Effects of Coumadin | Coumadin Prescription

Coumadin, also called warfarin, is a commonly prescribed anticoagulant or blood thinner used to prevent the body from forming dangerous blood clots.  While effective in preventing strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), embolisms, and blood clots, the misuse of Coumadin can put patients’ lives at risk and is of particular danger to pregnant women.

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Side Effects of Coumadin | Coumadin is Dangerous for Pregnant Women

Coumadin should not be used during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding.  Coumadin can cause birth defects in an unborn baby that may include:

  • Central nervous system defects
  • Spontaneous abortion
  • Stillbirth
  • Prematurity
  • Hemorrhage
  • Ocular defects
  • Fetal warfarin syndrome

Side Effects of Coumadin | What Makes it So Dangerous?

Doctors must carefully monitor patients taking Coumadin.  There is a very thin margin between a patient being helped or harmed by Coumadin.  A patient’s blood must be consistently monitored for its anticoagulation.

  • If the Coumadin level is too low, the patient is at risk for blood clot formation, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms.
  • If the Coumadin level is too high, the patient is at risk for severe internal bleeding, hemorrhagic stroke, and death.

It is extremely important for doctors to get an accurate medical history for each patient.  This helps determine what effects Coumadin may have on a patient.  Our attorneys can help determine if you have a case.

If you feel that improper management or administration of Coumadin has caused you, your baby, or a loved one injury, contact our Tampa medical malpractice attorneys today to arrange a free initial consultation and preliminary case review.

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