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I started Medifast on 12/22/09 and take Warfarin Sodium (aka Coumadin). I have a mechanical aorta valve. Have been monitoring my PT/INR levels and due to the daily veggies plus vitamin K have noticed that my PR/INR has dropped slightly (about .2). I self-test and will adjust the med levels as appropriate. Everything is progressing well on MF. Anyone else taking this med and tracking their levels?..

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I am also taking warfarin as well. My PT/INR was 2.8 a few weeks before starting the program and dropped to 1.8. I'm having to adjust my intake up to compensate the loss but I have not got retested yet. I will continue to post as I do. My levels has been crazy to regulate and I am not self testing. Before medifast I was taking 10 5 days a week and 8 2 days a week just to stay therapeutic.

I had a heart attack due to a thyroid storm at 26 yrs old. A bit of a crazy story but once I get this weight off I'm hoping I can come off of it. My weight is too high for my cardiologist to take me off of it. I can't wait to see his face in July when I go back. I should be low enough to come off of it I hope..

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I've been taking warfarin since Nov 2009 after I had a pulmonary embolism (complication from abdominal surgery - actually had my lap-band removed cause it eroded into my stomach and caused a hole). I haven't started Medifast yet but just sent in my order. I have been on Medifast before and was fairly successful. Anyway, I am nervous about my pt/inr dropping too low. I will get tested weekly for a while and prob have to increase my dose since Medifast is high in vit K as well as vegetables. I drink a fair amount of alcohol too, which thins blood so it's gonna be kind of a double whammy. How do you test yourself?..

Comment #2

Hi Ladies,.

I am on Warfarin for the rest of my life because of multiple dvt and pulmonary emboli - here is what I found out - if you take fish oil supplements it helps counteract the effect of the vitamin k. The ones I have contain vitamin E and that thins my blood (found out the hard way). When I started I made weekly visits to the doctor for my pt and the week I didn't take the fish oils, my blood thickened up too much, went back on them and it got back into range. If you are going to do this diet, you need to be very consistent with the amoun tof green veggies you eat and really keep track - you will be ok. I am now on monthly monitoring since I've seemed to get it under control. I'm curious too - how do you self monitor?..

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Cynthia, how much fish oil do you take per day? How much warfarin? Last week my pt was 1.6 and I haven't even started the diet. It dropped just because I stopped drinking my cocktails and wine every night. So now doc upped my dose to 8mg from 6mg per day. I am very much interested in taking fish oil tabs. When I start MF, hopefully next week, if my blood looks ok, I am doing the complete, which means, for the most part, I only use Medifast products, no Lean Green, just 6 Medifast per day (am under doc care) but that will mean 150% vit K!! So anyway, how much fish oil do you take per day and what brand have you found to be good quality and consistent doses?..

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[quote=wingman399]I am also taking warfarin as well. My PT/INR was 2.8 a few weeks before starting the program and dropped to 1.8. I'm having to adjust my intake up to compensate the loss but I have not got retested yet. I will continue to post as I do. My levels has been crazy to regulate and I am not self testing. Before medifast I was taking 10 5 days a week and 8 2 days a week just to stay therapeutic.

I had a heart attack due to a thyroid storm at 26 yrs old. A bit of a crazy story but once I get this weight off I'm hoping I can come off of it. My weight is too high for my cardiologist to take me off of it. I can't wait to see his face in July when I go back. I should be low enough to come off of it I hope.

Wingman399, keep us posted, there seems to be only a few of us on this boat and I could really benefit by hearing others' experiences and what works and what doesn't...Hang in there, the trouble will be worth it and we just need to stick to what works. Keep posting!!..

Comment #5

I'm on coumadin/warfarin and take 4mg a day due to multiple pulmonary emboli x 2 3 yrs apart.... i'll be on this for life....

I have not gotten my levels done since starting Medifast 5 weeks ago, I probably should ask about it.... my vitamin k intake from the lean and green has actually decreased since I have been on the Medifast so i'm not sure that my level will drop......

Comment #6

I am just recently on coumadin and will be for life. I have Factor V leiden and have gotten my first DVT on March 26th. Since that time I have been on lovenox to bridge me onto coumadin until my levels came up. Just this week, at 10mg coumadin per day I am at 2.0...barely theraputic. And that is only because I stopped Medifast for about 2 1/2 wks. I am scared of how much my values will go down after restarting.

Doc wants my levels to be at 2.5-2.8 I am restarting this week and am wondering if you "skimped" on your lean and green at all to keep in range? Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping my levels theraputic other than fish oil? My reflux and fish oil don't mix well at all......Thx..

Comment #7

Well to give you guys an update. I have been on program about 15 weeks now. I've went back and forth with my levels and have had to go weekly for testing. I moved up from 10's and 8's to 12 a day now. So far I'm pretty consistent with staying therapeutic. I'm making it two weeks now but it is still a fight. Hopefully another 40-50 lbs and I'm off of it...

Comment #8

I took everything about Medifast to my Hematologist and he ok'd me before I started. I had several DVT's in my leg and a PE in each lung. I am on Warfarin taking 7mg a day. I was on 6.5 and my Doc upped it to 7. I will also be on the medication for life. I have a blood test today to see what my INR is...I have been a consistent 2.5 4eva but this will change that I am sure.

He wants to check me until I am stable again so that might mean weekly tests for a while. But he did say that I cannot cheat on this diet and have to follow it to the letter because otherwise he cannot regulate me. So far so good..

Comment #9

I have been on Coumadin since 1993 as I have 2 gene malformations that cause my blood to clot, antithrombin gene malformatin and Factor V Leiden. I go to a Coumadin clinic to get my PT/INR tested. This is the second time I have been on Medifast and my INR's have decreased both times. I used to take 10 mg every other day alternating with 5 mg. on the other days. Now I take 10 mg every day.

Broccoli seems to be my big trigger so I try to only eat it once or twice a week. Getting tested is the important thing, because, as my doctor keeps telling me, it only takes once to get a blood clot or develop excessive bleeding...

Comment #10

Well I HOPEFULLY will not be any good advice to you guys anymore. I was taken off my coumadin as of yesterday and just put on a full dose of aspirin. I will go to my hematologist to make sure I'm not going to have to go back on it in a few weeks but I'm super excited. No more bloodwork. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck everyone, I know my experience with Medifast and blood thinners has been a pain in the butt to manage...

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I just started taking Coumadin because of a pulmonary embolism that came out of the blue - as far as any medical condition. Assuming therefore that it must be my sedentary life style, I am losing weight and trying to exercise as far as my arthritic back will allow. I am afraid to come off Coumadin even if my physician allows it, as I do not know why I had the PE. You said you self test. Is there a kit for this? Please tell me how you do it..

Fiona..

Comment #12

I'm on super low dose (2mg) coumadin as well due to past history of DVT/PE and having a Greenfield Filter. Because of the small dose, I don't require close monitoring, but it's very interesting to see how it affects INR...

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