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Cactus52

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Hey all,

I'm still kinda new at this, I am 53 and 9 weeks post surgery with an OnX valve. Trying to keep my INR between 2.0-3.0. I have been doing a pretty good job until I had a Dr. Tell me to cut my dose in half because I was gonna take antibiotics for 5 days and it dropped to 1.4. My Cardio put me on lovenox and I took my warfarin for a day at 10 then 7 5 then back to my normal dose of 5per day. Two weeks later my INR was 3 5 so I went to 2.5 twice a week and it fell to 2.4, then 2 weeks later it was 2.2 so I went to 2.5 one day a week and it still dropped to 1.9. they told me to go back to just 5 a day. I ain't buying it. I know over time my dosage should slide upwards but wondering how I should handle this. My diet is consistent and I'm being tested in my doc's office via finger stick.

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dick0236

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If I understand correctly you were staying in range at 5/daily before all this began. Like you doc said I'd go back to the 5. I've often had yo-yo swings when I made significant changes in my warfarin. If you are like me take baby steps when adjusting warfarin dosing.
 

Cactus52

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Thank you sir. Yeah I'm sticking to 5mg per day for the next 2 weeks. The only change in the last few weeks is exercise. I'm doing pretty good 5+ mile walks/hikes plus cardio rehab. Not really sure if rehab at this point is necessary but that's a different topic for a different day....
 
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