I have been trying to persuade my GP to allow me to self test for my INR (and preferably I would rather self dose). I have been on warfarin for 20 years, following 2 x DVT after an accident.
I would happily pay for the machine and the test strips.
He refuses point blank to consider this - we have previously had disagreements that this particular GP practice, following local HA guidelines, only prescribes in doses of 3mg tablets - you are expected to break them in half and take 2 tablets one day, 2.1/2 on others - my arguement has always been that as this is a dangerous drug that they insist has to be monitored when they say, why can they prescribe inaccurate dosing when tablets to allow more stable dosing are available. (Their arguement is that it stops the elderly getting confused - no mention that is is virtually impossible to break the tablets accurately).
I therefore end up having weekly blood tests - 1/2 a day away from my business every week (they would not allow their staff this time off weekly if they were in my position), because my INR level can either be high or low - depending on whether it was a 2 tablet or 21/2 is tablet day 3 days prior.
I am at a loss - this appears to be the only area that has this regime and they refuse to budge - any suggestions (apart from moving to another area) ???