Blood thinner Coumadin gets black box warning over fatal bleedi...

U.S. health officials announced on Friday that drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb has added a black box warning to its blood-thinning drug Coumadin warning of possible "major or fatal bleeding." According to the ... Full Story
L - Wise

AOL

#544 Feb 19, 2012
Ottis Amburgey wrote:
My aunt died from internal bleeding caused by coumadin, then my Mother "nearly" died after a fall that caused a massive bruise while takeing coumadin. How did this extreamly dangerious drug pass F.D.A. test. Could it be that the drug is doing what someone wants it to do? Youthanize the elderly? Or am I just being parrinoid?
Yes you are absolutely right!!! People who think it is saving them have not done their home work and are always talking B.S.!!! I know this drug too well and some of us are getting ready to start a petition to get it OFF THE MARKET...We could sure use some help from those who know better...This drug is 50% more dangerous for causing WICH, Warfarin-associated Intracerebral Hemmorage, vs. simple aspirin!! I have the research papers of more studies than I care to read...since it KILLED my sister last in Nov. 2010. If anyone reading this wants to help, please contact either myself or my new friend from New Mexico, Hearther Garcia (either; lwise101@aol.com / or / squee.lynn@gmail.com) Together WE WILL SAVE MORE LIVES THEN THIS KILLER DRUG!!! But please hurry, we have the petition drawn up and are getting ready to go public with it!! It will go viral and fast I guarantee it...we are going to be grouping with numerous online petition sites. Also a link will be set up on the social web sites like facebook, etc... Thanks and God Bless all those who have lost loved ones. Any body that needs proof of the REAL DANGERS feel free to get a hold of me!
Ernie

Charleston, SC

#545 Feb 20, 2012
Most likely gonna have esophagus surgery now that chemo and radiation are complete (so they say)- and following surgery will be the same deal as when I had blood clots - dammed if I do and dammed if I don't!! Life sucks!!!.. and then we die!!!!
Paul Mess

Aberdare, UK

#547 Feb 21, 2012
Gina Jackson NJ wrote:
Had aortic valve replacement 3yrs ago have mechanical valve & have to take coumadin for the rest of my days. I never feel good either. Today I have bad pain in back & sides. I could sleep forever but cant cause have to take care of children. Probably wouldnt get up if I didnt have them. Found eatthisdiet for coumadin users maybe will help to feel better. So sorry to read all these stories I am always afraid something similiar would happen to me. Is it honestly normal to feel this way. Some days I can only do very minimal things its ridiculous. My cardiologist looks at me like I'm crazy. I tried working and it just never works out. I am too weak and tired. I am 38; feel like 83.
Hi Gina - If its any consolation to you, I had an Aortic Valve replacement in 2001. I felt exactly the same as you did, until I had had enough. I went to the gym and martial arts class. I joined a jujitsu club. I have since (7 years later) gained my first degree blackbelt. You can train your body not to bruise. Good luck !
Lisa

Houston, TX

#548 Feb 22, 2012
Sorry, but most of you have no clue what you are talking about. The risk of death from Warfarin worldwide is less than 1%. Most of these people died from poor management and many were in third world countries. 38 people died in a year from Warfarin and considering that almost 3 million people take it, that's not very many. Pradaxa, on the other hand, which has been highly touted to replace Warfarin, killed 260 people in 3 years and only about 400 thousand take it. The risk of death from thromboembolism is 5-7%. You do the Math!!!

Warfarin has been on the market in the US since the 1950s. If it were really that dangerous, it would have been removed from the market by now.
Angela Bell

AOL

#549 Feb 23, 2012
I too am very Thankful for this Drug! I developed a Blood Clot in my right leg in April of 09, I had no symptoms in my leg, All my Pain was in my left side. They was checking me for Heart Problems and that is when they found the Clot in my Leg. They done all kinds of tests to see what cause my Clot and found that I had a Autoimmune Desease. I form Clots for no reason. I Thank God for letting the Dr's find my Problem before a Clot Killed me! I was started on Lovnox Shots and then Warfarin,I will be a lifer as my Dr calls me. I am a single Mother of 2 Boys and want to be here for them as long as God lets me. I have had to make some adjustments in my life. BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT TO BE HERE WITH MY KIDS!! I too, am very sorry for anyone on here that has suffered a loss, May God Bless each and everyone of you! But without this medicine, I might not be here for my Boys. Who are 19 and 14. God Bless!!
Angela Bell

AOL

#550 Feb 23, 2012
Thank you Lisa, For pointing that out! I much rather take a medicine that has been working for years than one they hope will work better! Some times it is too late before they realize it was the wrong decision. I have read and heard stories where people was taken off the warfarin and put on different drugs, only to die of massive clots! And like I said I thank God for his Mercy and this medicine and Great Dr.s!!
Go The Natural Route

Santa Clara, CA

#551 Mar 7, 2012
I just want to express my sincere condolences to those who lost a loved who was prescribed a blood thinner. A very dear elderly friend of mine was a Coumadin victim. I miss her terribly. I have lost so much trust and respect for the medical profession. It's all about money, big money, all in collaboration with the big pharma industry.
L - Wise

AOL

#552 Mar 7, 2012
You all say "God" this and "God" that...
"I thank God for his Mercy", "May God Bless", and "I Thank God ",.....
Then put your Faith in Man and his FOR PROFIT DRUGS, rather then to trust your God for your health through nature. Natural life risk we all take with our health by not eating right and so on. If any of you are brave enough to hear what a doctor said (video link below) who worked for the Big Drug Companies click the link. If not at least read Gods word before you put your trust in the wrong place...
Jeremiah 17 ~ 5 -7
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 (106,000 when used as prescribed) people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes. That's the equivalent of six jumbo jet crashes a day for an entire year. But where is the media attention for this tragedy? Where is the government support for stopping these medical mistakes before they happen?
Video Link;
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Amen...
Stacey

Powell, OH

#553 Apr 18, 2012
My sympathies truly do go out to those who have lost someone due to Coumadin, but to actually try to petition to have it taken off the market astounds me.
My life and NUMEROUS other lives have been saved because of this drug, and for it to be taken away would be a death sentence for many...

I get that your angry, and hurt, but most of the stories on here about deaths have been caused becausd (it seems) by negligent doctors who didn't educate the person about the medicine, and then didn't pay attention when their numbers became to high. So if you really must go after someone, go after them, not the drug.
Angela Bell

AOL

#554 Apr 18, 2012
I do believe in God and his healing, But He also gives us common since to seek help from Dr's when needed, God also makes Lightning, But he gives us common since to get in out of the way of lightning, cause it will strike and kill you, God helps the Dr's to know what needs to be done to help us, If not for God they would have never found my Clot, So I do Praise Him, and I am Thankful for this medicine that helps me fight off the dangerous Clots! And I would like to ask you L Wise do you Have a Clotting Problem? Does your Life depend on Blood Thinners? If not then You would not have any idea how important the meds are for some of us! I Pray that if you are not a warfarin Patient that you never have to be, cause it might make you feel different if you were facing these health issures yourself. God Bless you!
Rita

Brandon, MS

#555 May 9, 2012
My father is 79 and has been taking Coumadin for some years for his heart. He has an irregular heart beat and has had two heart attacks - the last being 19 years ago. He now has been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. This is not a cancer that runs in our family so I am suspicious that the Coumadin/Warfarin has caused the Leukemia. It is a frightening drug - but then I suppose without it he could have died of a heart attack or stroke before now. I would like some serious research on the connection between Warfarin and Leukemia.
Jan

United States

#556 Jun 5, 2012
I took Pradaxa and it upset my stomach. It has a high rate of gastric side effects. I have now been on Xarelto and its great. No side effects and no blood monitoring. It has a short half life and is out of your system in 24 hours. So, it cannot build up.
baba wrote:
Ron- I am anxious to talk to my electrophysiologist in January 2010 about this new drug. He emailed me back from the University and told me we would discuss it then.
I haven't eaten broccoli or many of the high K greens like spinach that I love on and off since 2003, not that this drug will keep me off K foods and in this respect is any different then coumadin.
People say "you can eat these things, just as long as you eat them everyday". Who eats these everyday? I already take from 5mg to 7.5 weekly.
Baba

Coldwater, MI

#557 Jun 6, 2012
Jan wrote:
I took Pradaxa and it upset my stomach. It has a high rate of gastric side effects. I have now been on Xarelto and its great. No side effects and no blood monitoring. It has a short half life and is out of your system in 24 hours. So, it cannot build up.
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Jan-Thanks you for being a new customer to a new pill. I was one that tried Pradaxa and it closed off my throat so bad that I had to have it stretched out and ofcourse quit that "acid produced" medicine. BEfore that I was already on Prevacid for gerd. My Ep said to wait until people tried the one you tried to see how it reacted on their digestive systems. Thanks for helping me decide to try it. Bet it is costly but perhaps worth the try.
-Baba
melissa

Naperville, IL

#558 Jun 20, 2012
I am 26 years old and first DVT and PE was in 2009 doctors blammed it on birthcontoll. In 2011 I had encountered another DVT then I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease be on blood thinners for life had my 1st surgery to remove the clot! May 2012 3rd DVT and 2cd surgery to remove clot and now I am stuck here in june 2012 with my 4th DVT and surgery in the foresight to top it off my vascular surgeon is shrugging his shoulders at my husband and I as to why I keep getting them. I am taking my blood thinners I quit smoking and no longer am I pregnant because they had to do my 2cd DNC due to baby had no heartbeat. I want answers, not more painfull surgerys and more bills that we can't afford
Lynette

Paso Robles, CA

#559 Jun 25, 2012
laura wrote:
my mom died 07/03/10. She took coumadin for 5yrs. She had severe swelling which caused her lungs to be filled with fluid. She also had what looked like severe bruises that would swell and then pill which caused her enormous pain all over her body. She stated she felt like she was burning. She had been diagnosed wtih multiple myeloma in 2005 which was a major factor in her blood getting too thick.
I'm so sorry to hear of your mom moving on to Heaven, I have a daughter, brother and dad there. Anyway, I recently went on Coumadin for a blood clot in my lung and legs, my blood is also too thick. I have multiple myeloma but they say it's dormant, I did not know the two could have anything to do with each other. I'm wondering now why my oncologist never said anything about this common thread. I see him every 6mo. All my Dr.'s told me it was my Lupus that was the cause of the blood clots.? Hum... I've gotta wonder now. Being an advocate for your own health is so important, my daughter was misdiagnosed for years and when they finally found out why she was so tired she died 9mo. later for bone cancer at 18 yrs. old. Anything you have on this blood thickening info. I would be grateful.
Baba

Coldwater, MI

#560 Jun 27, 2012
The message should be this: even if you take an oral anticoagulant, there’s always a risk of bleeding; most of the bleeding is manageable; when there is a risk of stroke, the risk of stroke is almost always significantly greater than the risk of bleeding. One always has to consider both on an individual basis in their patient; but most of the time if there’s a risk of stroke, that outweighs the risk of bleeding. The patient should be treated with a real oral anticoagulant if you’re worried about stroke.

Since: Dec 10

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#561 Jun 27, 2012
Angela Bell wrote:
I do believe in God and his healing, But He also gives us common since to seek help from Dr's when needed, God also makes Lightning, But he gives us common since to get in out of the way of lightning, cause it will strike and kill you, God helps the Dr's to know what needs to be done to help us, If not for God they would have never found my Clot, So I do Praise Him, and I am Thankful for this medicine that helps me fight off the dangerous Clots! And I would like to ask you L Wise do you Have a Clotting Problem? Does your Life depend on Blood Thinners? If not then You would not have any idea how important the meds are for some of us! I Pray that if you are not a warfarin Patient that you never have to be, cause it might make you feel different if you were facing these health issures yourself. God Bless you!
First, God gives free will to make your own choices in this life. Common sense (not “common since” as you wrote ;)) comes from personal knowledge, personal knowledge comes from educated yourself, which you obviously have not done! Second, if I ever had to thin my blood, which I will not because it is the blood God gave me, I would use a natural God made alternative to mans made for profit drugs. Omega-3 fish oil for example which has been here longer than any man made drug. So the facts are that yours, mine and others lives do not depend on man made drugs to live. All I am saying is get the facts. This drug has sort and long term negative side effects. I have lived them through other family members. Also the truth is out there if you are willing to look and keep an open mind. If you are on this drug for the long term here are a couple of comments within this forum that tell the effects. Don’t take my word for it read what others are saying as well in;

Coumadin to ICU - Internal Bleeding:

Jul 23, 2008

EdfromNJtoAZ wrote:
My dad has been taking Coumadin for 10 years, as he has multiple mechanical heart valves. He recently has been diagnosed with internal bleeding in his thoracic area, but they can't figure out from where, which I think means that there are multiple leakage points, and they can't fix it all. His body is constantly fighting the new plasma that is given him, so his blood count always drops, his platelets drop - He has been off Coumadin for 4 weeks, and he's still in ICU, on and off ventilator...Any ideas?

TJ4esta - Jul 23, 2008
Baldwin, NY

My mother has been battling the same problem. She had a Mitro Valve put in around 1994 and has been on Coumadin ever since. About 2 months ago she went in for 4 pints of blood. Now, every 2 weeks she goes into the hospital for about 3 pints of blood. Each time it takes its toll on her. We have seen many doctors and are so confused. The gastro doctor said she needs to have a pig valve put in vs the mechanical valve. Then they can take her off the drug. Her cardiologist says that she has too much damage to her heart and is not a candidate for the pig valve. I guess we have to keep on searching.

God Bless You As Well....with knowledge and understanding!
Baba

Coldwater, MI

#562 Jun 28, 2012
My mother also was losing blood for years. They never knew the reason why but always gave her a pint now and then to compensate her loss.
SHE WAS NEVER ONE COUMADIN. So sometimes we like to blame it on one thing or another.
Carrie Yeager

Rancho Mirage, CA

#563 Jun 29, 2012
I know that taking Coumadin is saving me from having a stroke. I have recently been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, I am a 66 year old female. I have done research and if you are not taking Coumadin your odds of having a stroke are very high compasred to taking it. I do not feel well much of the time, but am monitored every 2 weeks, watch my diet and have learned to live with it. There are other alternatives on the marked but they do not insist on the monitoring which is imperative when you are taking Coumadin. I bruise periodically, but so far have not had a real problem. I will continue takeing it, but that is a personal choice. My Cardiologist stated" we can deal with and do something about the bleeding, can't do much about a debilitating stroke". Good luck to all.
Angela

Rancho Mirage, CA

#564 Jun 29, 2012
I am reading about all the negative things with taking Coumadin. I agree with Carrie, the advantages far outweigh the risks. Everyones body reacts differently to medications. I am sorry for the others who have lost loved ones, but are you 100% sure the Coumadin was the cause of it? I have been taking Coumadin for 5 years due to a mechanical valve and have not had a problem. If you watch your diet, exercise, keep appts and are monitored frequently you are doing all you can do for yourself. If you do not take the Coumadin, your chances of having a stroke are very high if over 65. I am 70 and moderately active. I have and insist on blood tests every 3 months and have had no problem at all. You must take an active part in your healthcare and trust your cardiologist. The problems with the liver and bleeding can be detected with blood tests. Good luck to all

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