If you are at risk for a stroke or blood clots or if you’ve already had blood clots, your doctor may prescribe you a blood thinner or anticoagulant to help prevent or slow blood clotting. Anticoagulants can help prevent harmful blood clots from developing, but they must be carefully managed to keep patients safe while they are taking these types of medicines.
Marimn Health Medical Center’s pharmacy has an anticoagulation clinic to help patients that are using the blood thinning medication Warfarin (also known as Coumadin©).
Our pharmacists work closely with our patients and providers to monitor the health of patients on anti-clotting drugs. We work one-on-one with our patients to educate patients on the challenges associated with anticoagulants and monitor blood levels during the first few weeks on the medication, adjusting dosage when necessary.
We will run a blood test, utilizing a small poke to the finger, to see how the Warfarin therapy is working. Results of the test will be used to determine whether we should change the patient’s Warfarin dosage. This also gives the patient an opportunity to discuss his/her other medications, herbal supplement use, and diet with a Marimn Health pharmacist. These other medications, supplements, and diet can have a direct impact on how well or how poorly Warfarin works to prevent blood clots.
The anticoagulation clinic and services are open to everyone that needs to monitor their Warfarin therapy. If you currently use Warfarin, please do not hesitate to contact the Marimn Health Medical Center Pharmacy at 208.686.5081 to find out how to access this service.