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Warfarin (WAR far in)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Coumadin; Jantoven

Brand Names: Canada

Apo-Warfarin; Coumadin; Mylan-Warfarin; Novo-Warfarin; Taro-Warfarin

Warning

  • This drug may cause very bad bleeding. Follow how to give exactly. Have your child’s blood work checked as you have been told by your child’s doctor, do not miss visits. Closely read the part in this leaflet which lists when to call your child’s doctor.
  • Sometimes drugs are not safe when your child takes them with other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about all the drugs your child takes.
  • This drug comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this drug is refilled.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to thin the blood so that clots will not form.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to warfarin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has any of these health problems: Bleeding problems or liver disease.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Have your child wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
  • Use care to prevent your child from getting hurt and have your child avoid falls or crashes.
  • If your child has bleeding problems, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child falls a lot, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has high blood pressure, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has had an ulcer or bleeding from the stomach or bowel, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has a weak heart, talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Your child may bleed or clot more easily. Have him/her be more careful and avoid injury. Keep your child from rough-housing or playing contact sports.
  • Talk to your child’s doctor before giving your child multivitamins, natural products, and diet aids. These may have vitamin K in them.
  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has nosebleeds.
  • If your child coughs up blood.
  • If your child throws up blood.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child has a bad headache.
  • If your child has a very bad upset stomach or is throwing up.
  • If your child has very bad back pain.
  • If your child has very bad belly pain.
  • If your child has black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • If your child has blood in the urine.
  • If your child has a change in skin color to black or purple.
  • If your child is feeling very tired or weak.
  • If your child has any bruising or bleeding.
  • If your child falls or hits his/her head. Talk with your child’s doctor even if your child feels fine.
  • If your child has very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • If your child has an infection.
  • If your child has a high fever.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Bleeding problems.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor about how much vitamin K is in your child’s diet. Vitamin K may change how this drug works. Keep how much vitamin K your child gets in the diet each day the same. Many foods have vitamin K in them. This includes some green, leafy vegetables; broccoli; liver; and certain vegetable oils. Get a list of foods that have vitamin K in them from your child’s doctor. Do not make big changes in your child’s normal diet without talking with the doctor.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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