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inr?

hi all. on thursday i had my inr tested and it was at 2 so kept me on 5mg of warfrin and to be tested in 6 weeks time. whot do think? is it long untill tested again and is inr too low

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To know whether your INR is too low, it's important to know your target range, eg 2-3, 3-4 and so on. What's your target INR? Six weeks could be a long time to leave between tests if, indeed, you're out of range. Two weeks max, perhaps but how long have you been on warfarin and what's your target? Best, John.

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hi john. my target is 2-5 and desied target is 2-3 so im on berder line. iv been on warfrin since august ( had p.e.s) and on for life. im a bit worried as if it goas lower. im still ajusting so dont kw how my body is with higher or lower as every day my simtomes are bad

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If your target range is 2-3 and your INR is 2.5 then you're spot-on in the middle of the range you've been given. Professor Hunt, a close colleague of Prof Hughes, says that because warfarin takes time to show a change in INR, she recommends you test once a week or once in two weeks. I think you should return to your anticoagulation clinic, not just for an INR test but also to ask why you're feeling as you are and what can be done to help you. Don't despair, the help is there and many of us have gone through what you're going through. Be persistent and good luck! John.

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In that case I would ask the Dr can you be tested in a week or two weeks top just to make sure you are still in range.

I have mine tested via blood draw and have an open form to get it tested whenever needed. The form is valid for 6 months so if feel like mine is out of range I just go and get it tested earlier. If I'm well within range and it hasn't shifted for the last few tests I might stretch out to 4 weeks but if it is borderline I get it tested the next week or two weeks tops

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thanks . i bit light headed and wobbly sometims.is that a sine its too low? stacey

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Hi,

I think that's way too long an interval between tests. I would try and get one a week later especially since your INR level is low. I get mine tested every week, and it's usually within the correct range too. Good luck and go and get that test. Cheers

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I think its far too long in between tests. I have my own Coagcheck machine and test myself at home and this week alone my INR has gone from 3.8 down to 2.4 for no apparent reason. I would normally check mine three times a month, but have felt low this week so hence the extra checks. Please go and get it checked out tomorrow at the latest, they have to do it for you.

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Hi Chapman,

I cannot understand why your doctor of APS does not let you control your INR more often!

You have not been on warfarin so long time and it is always more difficult to be in range when you start. It is so important to be constant with what you eat. Vegetables with lots of vitamin K kan lower your INR in perhaps 12 hours. I think you should be at a higher INR than 2!

Most of us do not feel good if we are under 3.

Go and see that doctor TOMORROW. It is vital for your Health! Please let us know how you go on.

Good luck and take good care.

kerstin

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It depends on the person but I'm having mine tested evry week ATM as its been going up and down it was 4.2 then this week it's been 5.3 which is way out of range for me. I would leave it a week and see how you feel if you feel strange then go to docs. Hope your ok. Anna xx

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thank u all for ur input. i will get inr checked next week. just have to be carfull whot i eat :-(.

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If your INR has been stable your clinic may feel they can leave your next test for a few weeks.I've been on warfarin for 5 years and have had intervals of 4 or 6 weeks if my INR was stable which I'm lucky it is most of the time. At the mo I am testing every 2 weeks. There are so many things that can affect INR I would definitely see if uou can get a test sooner if you are concerned. You certainly don't want it to go lower.

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