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Turmeric and warfarin

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Herbal supplements we take can interact with certain drugs. It is thus very important to know about these interactions before you start taking *any* supplements. Warfarin is a drug taken to treat blood clots. It goes by the brand name – Coumadin and is called an anticoagulant medication or blood thinner. Blood clots can form due to pulmonary embolus or deep vein thrombosis. Warfarin works to treat such clots and prevent further clots from forming in the body, therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. People who suffer from atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythm, have undergone surgeries for knee or hip replacement, suffered a recent heart attack or had a heart valve replacement are more at risk of developing blood clots.

Warfarin is recommended to such patients to help with smooth flow of blood and inhibiting the production of certain clotting proteins in the blood. This drug must be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner. The dosage depends on specific medical conditions. Always inform your doctor about other medications / health supplements you are taking. Some foods or supplements could affect the way warfarin works in the body.

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