Compare Coumadin vs. Heparin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Coumadin (warfarin) is a cheap and effective medicine that prevents new blood clots. It requires regular blood tests and you'll need to eat, exercise, and take your medicines consistently.
Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.
- Coumadin (warfarin) is available as a generic, so it should be less expensive than the brand version.
- In case you start bleeding too much while using Coumadin (warfarin), your doctor can give you another drug that reverses Coumadin (warfarin)'s effects.
- Coumadin (warfarin) comes in numerous strengths.
- Coumadin (warfarin) has been around for a long time and is one of the most commonly used 'blood thinner' medicines.
- Safe to use in pregnancy and if you're breast feeding.
- There are other medications that can help stop unexpected bleeding while taking Heparin.
- Available as a generic medication.
- Usually used in the hospital, but can be given at home too.
- Raises your risk of bleeding and bruising.
- Requires regular blood work, such as an INR, to make sure Coumadin (warfarin) is working correctly.
- Your daily dose of Coumadin (warfarin) can change if you change your diet, exercise patterns, or use of alcohol.
- A lot of other drugs and supplements interact with Coumadin (warfarin), so you'll need to check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
- You'll need to get labs/blood draws done on a regular basis to make sure the drug is working and to make sure you don't get unexpected side effects.
- You can be at higher risk for bleeding or clotting while taking Heparin compared to other anticoagulants.
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- Life threatening bleeding
- Coumadin (warfarin) dose too high
- Age greater than 65 year
- History of stomach bleeding
- High blood pressure
- Kidney or liver problems
- Drug interactions
- Change in lifestyle or diet
- Alcohol use
- Certain genetic factors
- Harm to fetus
- Women of childbearing age
- Drug and diet interactions
- Potential surgery or amputation
- Unusual bleeding
- History of bleeding problems
- Severe high blood pressure
- Older age
- Clotting problems
- Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia