I spend my winters in Spain. I developed a groin DVT for no apparent reason in December. I was admitted for 3 days, discharged on Clexane injections, referred to a haematologist who then added Sintrom. At first my INR was measured 3 times a week, now it's down to fortnightly, my range is 2-3 but it has only once been 2, it's usually about 1.8. In Spain, they definitely don't approve of self testing / self managing, but because of our lifestyle (we meander slowly through Europe on our way to and from Southern Spain, spending about 2 months a year doing this, and in the UK in summer we spend many a happy week touring with our caravan) I have already decided that this is the only sensible option and purchased a monitor.
I have recently returned to the UK for a family celebration and decided to visit my GP to bring him up to speed on my condition and treatment and have been very disillusioned. I was carefully noting how my INR readings are going, how that is being managed in terms of adjustment of my medication. I have also read a couple of research papers on Warfarin compared with Sintrom, on Pubmed, and it would seem that, although they are different drugs, they work in a similar way, and both require regular INR testing.
Sintrom is not prescribed in the UK and my doctor advised that I should 'stay in the UK, change to Warfarin, and it would be a considerable while before they would be confident to support me in self monitoring'.
Well, I am happy to be responsible for my own monitoring, it doesn't exactly look like rocket science.
So, does anybody have any experience of Sintrom? And am I being naive? Is INR testing / coagulation monitoring more difficult than it appears to be to me, as a novice?