What foods increase INR?
Examples include alcohol, cranberry products (e.g., juice, supplements), and possibly grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Too much alcohol, cranberry products, or grapefruit products can INCREASE warfarin’s effect and increase your risk of bleeding.
How do I lower my INR fast?
It is most important to eat a healthy, consistent, and balanced diet. Certain foods and dietary supplements have vitamin K. Vitamin K works against warfarin. If you eat more vitamin K, it can decrease your INR.
Does chocolate affect INR?
The safety of dark chocolate is relative. The potential increase in bleeding time suggests patients taking warfarin should have their INR checked more frequently when starting or stopping REGULAR dark chocolate consumption, as with any change in diet. Patients should not consider dark chocolate off limits.
What causes INR to drop?
Conditions known to decrease Coumadin effect and decrease INR include: Hypothyroidism. High vitamin K intake. Nephrotic syndrome.
Does coffee affect INR?
When coffee was limited to one cup per day, INR increased to 8 in four days, and stabilized within therapeutic range with 5 mg/day.
How do you maintain INR levels?
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- Stop warfarin.
- Test INR daily until it has returned to the therapeutic range.
- Restart warfarin with a reduced dose when INR < 5.
- Give vitamin K 1.0 – 2.5 mg, orally if INR fails to reduce, or if there is high risk of serious bleeding (N.B. subcutaneous administration is not effective)
How do I lower my INR with warfarin?
A nice “rule of thumb” for dose adjustments near the target range (generally works for INRs from the high 1s to low 4s): If you want to change the INR by 0.5-1 unit, increase or decrease the weekly dose by a daily dose. Example: Your patient has been taking warfarin 5mg daily for more than 2 weeks and INR is 1.8.
How often should INR be checked on warfarin?
The INR should be checked at least four times during the first week of therapy and then less frequently, depending on the stability of the INR. In general, a missed dose of warfarin is reflected in the INR within about 2 to 5 days after the dose is missed.
Can high INR cause dizziness?
Numbness or drooping on one side of your face. Weakness in an arm or leg. Confusion or difficulty speaking. Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss.
Why is my INR suddenly high?
A high INR level can happen when you take warfarin (Coumadin). Warfarin helps prevent blood clots. To do this, it slows the amount of time it takes for your blood to clot. This raises your INR level.