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How effective is warfarin for a blood cloth?

I was prescribed warfarin for a blood cloth which developed in my leg while in the hospital with type a flu and pneumonia. A piece broke off and landed in my left lung. long story short I have been hearing a lot of negative comments regarding the drug, now I am scared of taking the 7.5 pill daily. the last test showed my levels were fine. should I just stop taking warfarin on my own? what foods should I totally avoid?
Mon, 17 Feb 2014
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Warfarin is an oral anticoagulant.This medication is used to treat blood clots (such as in deep vein thrombosis-DVT or pulmonary embolus-PE) and also to prevent new clots from forming in your body.
Since you are giving history of blood clot in your lung,do not to stop the drug without your doctors advice.It may be quite dangerous.
Although its a very good drug,it is not free of side effects like bleeding,osteoporosis so on.You can be free of this side effects by getting your blood tests (INR) done at regular intervals.
Some foods can affect how warfarin works in your body and may affect your treatment and dose.
So,avoid intake of foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels, sprouts, kale, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables, and certain vitamin supplements which are rich in vitamin K.
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