Thrombophiliacs take medication known as anticoagulants each day. The commonest type of drug prescribed is Warfarin Sodium (known as Warfarin or Coumadin). It is a small tablet about 8mm in diameter and in the UK comes in 0.5mg (white), 1mg (brown), 3mg (blue) and 5mg (pink) tablets. Other drugs such as heparin, clexane, lovenox and fragmin can be used instead of warfarin but for all anticoagulants the exact dosage and effects will probably vary.
What Does Warfarin Do?
Warfarin is an anticoagulant drug which makes blood clots less likely to form in the heart, lung and blood vessels. In some conditions they break up clots which have already formed. They work by preventing the blood's natural coagulation agent, Vitamin K, from working.
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