WARFARIN SODIUM tablet
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BOXED WARNINGWARNING: BLEEDING RISK
Warfarin sodium can cause major or fatal bleeding. Bleeding is more likely to occur during the starting period and with a higher dose (resulting in a higher INR). Risk factors for bleeding include high intensity of anticoagulation (INR >4), agehighly variable INRs, history of gastrointestinal bleeding, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, serious heart disease, anemia, malignancy, trauma, renal insufficiency, concomitant drugs (seePRECAUTIONS), and long duration of warfarin therapy. Regular monitoring of INR should be performed on all treated patients. Those at high risk of bleeding may benefit from more frequent INR monitoring, careful dose adjustment to desired INR, and a shorter duration of therapy. Patients should be instructed about prevention measures to minimize risk of bleeding and to report immediately to physicians signs and symptoms of bleeding (see PRECAUTIONS,Information for Patients).
DESCRIPTIONWarfarin sodium is an anticoagulant which acts by inhibiting vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. Chemically, it is 3-(and is a racemic mixture of the R- and S-enantiomers. Warfarin sodium is an isopropanol clathrate. The crystallization of warfarin sodium virtually eliminates trace impurities present in amorphous warfarin. Its structural formula may be represented as follows:
C19H15NaO4 Molecular Weight: 330.31
Warfarin sodium occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, is discolored by light and is very soluble in water; freely soluble in alcohol; very slightly soluble in chloroform and in ether.
Each tablet, for oral administration, contains 1 mg, 2 mg, 2mg, 3 mg, 4 mg, 5 mg, 6 mg, 7mg or 10 mg warfarin sodium. In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, hypromellose 2208 (3cPs), magnesium stearate, and pregelatinized starch.
The 1 mg also contains D&C red no. 6 barium lake.
The 2 mg also contains FD&C blue no. 2 aluminum lake, and FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake.
The 2mg also contains D&C yellow no. 10 aluminum lake, and FD&C blue no. 1 aluminum lake.
The 3 mg also contains FD&C blue no. 2 aluminum lake, FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake, and FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake.
The 4 mg also contains FD&C blue no. 1 aluminum lake.
The 5 mg also contains FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake.
The 6 mg also contains FD&C blue no. 1 aluminum lake, and FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake.
The 7mg also contains D&C yellow no. 10 aluminum lake, and FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake.
The 10 mg does not contain any dyes.
CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGYWarfarin sodium and other coumarin anticoagulants act by inhibiting the synthesis of vitamin K dependent clotting factors, which include Factors II, VII, IX and X, and the anticoagulant proteins C and S. Half-lives of these clotting factors are as follows: Factor II - 60 hours, VII - 4 to 6 hours, IX - 24 hours, and X - 48 to 72 hours. The half-lives of proteins C and S are approximately 8 hours and 30 hours, respectively. The resultant in vivo effect is a sequential depression of Factor VII, Protein C, Factor IX, Protein S, and Factor X and II activities. Vitamin K is an essential cofactor for the post ribosomal synthesis of the vitamin K dependent clotting factors. The vitamin promotes the biosynthesis ofacid residues in the proteins which are essential for biological activity.
Mechanism of Action
Warfarin is thought to interfere with clotting factor synthesis by inhibition of the C1 subunit of the vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKORC1) enzyme complex, thereby reducing the regeneration of vitamin K1 epoxide. The degree of depression is dependent upon the dosage administered and, in part, by the patient's VKORC1 genotype. Therapeutic doses of warfarin decrease the total amount of the active form of each vitamin K dependent clotting factor made by the liver by approximately 30% to 50%.
An anticoagulation effect generally occurs within 24 hours after drug administration. However, peak anticoagulant effect may be delayed 72 to 96 hours. The duration of action of a single dose of racemic warfarin is 2 to 5 days. The effects of warfarin sodium may become more pronounced as effects of daily maintenance doses overlap. Anticoagulants have no direct effect on an established thrombus, nor do they reverse ischemic tissue damage. However, once a thrombus has occurred, the goal of anticoagulant treatment is to prevent further extension of the formed clot and prevent secondary thromboembolic complications which may result in serious and possibly fatal sequelae.
PHARMACOKINETICSWarfarin sodium is a racemic mixture of the R- and S-enantiomers. The S-enantiomer exhibits 2 to 5 times more anticoagulant activity than the R-enantiomer in humans, but generally has a more rapid clearance.
Warfarin sodium is essentially completely absorbed after oral administration with peak concentration generally attained within the first 4 hours.
There are no differences in the apparent volumes of distribution after intravenous and oral administration of single doses of warfarin solution. Warfarin distributes into a relatively small apparent volume of distribution of about 0.14 liter/kg. A distribution phase lasting 6 to 12 hours is distinguishable after rapid intravenous or oral administration of an aqueous solution. Using a one compartment model, and assuming complete bioavailability, estimates of the volumes of distribution of R- and S-warfarin are similar to each other and to that of the racemate. Concentrations in fetal plasma approach the maternal values, but warfarin has not been found in human milk (seeWARNINGS, Lactation). Approximately 99% of the drug is bound to plasma proteins.
'-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 10-hydroxywarfarin. The cytochrome P-450 isozymes involved in the metabolism of warfarin include 2C9, 2C19, 2C8, 2C18, 1A2, and 3A4. 2C9 is likely to be the principal form of human liver P-450 which modulates the in vivo anticoagulant activity of warfarin.
The S-enantiomer of warfarin is mainly metabolized to 7-hydroxywarfarin by CYP2C9, a polymorphic enzyme. The variant alleles CYP2C9*2 and CYP2C9*3 result in decreased in vitro CYP2C9 enzymatic 7-hydroxylation of S-warfarin. The frequencies of these alleles in Caucasians are approximately 11% and 7% for CYP2C9*2 and CYP2C9*3, respectively.1 Patients with one or more of these variant CYP2C9 alleles have decreased S-warfarin clearance (Table 1).2
Table 1: Relationship Between S-Warfarin Clearance and CYP2C9 Genotype in Caucasian Patients
*SD=Standard deviation.p<0.001. Pairwise comparisons indicated significant differences among all 3 genotypes.CYP2C9 GenotypeNS-Warfarin Clearance/Lean Body Weight (mL/min/kg) Mean (SD)**1/*11180.065 (0.025)*1/*2 or *1/*3590.041 (0.021)*2/*2, *2/*3, or *3/*3110.020 (0.011)Total188Other CYP2C9 alleles associated with reduced enzymatic activity occur at lower frequencies, including *5, *6, and *11 alleles in populations of African ancestry and *5, *9, and *11 alleles in Caucasians.
A meta-analysis of 9 qualified studies including 2775 patients (99% Caucasian) was performed to examine the clinical outcomes associated with CYP2C9 gene variants in warfarin-treated patients.3 In this meta-analysis, 3 studies assessed bleeding risks and 8 studies assessed daily dose requirements. The analysis suggested an increased bleeding risk for patients carrying either the CYP2C9*2 or CYP2C9*3 alleles. Patients carrying at least one copy of the CYP2C9*2 allele required a mean daily warfarin dose that was 17% less than the mean daily dose for patients homozygous for the CYP2C9*1 allele. For patients carrying at least one copy of the CYP2C9*3 allele, the mean daily warfarin dose was 37% less than the mean daily dose for patients homozygous for the CYP2C9*1 allele.
In an observational study, the risk of achieving INR >3 during the first 3 weeks of warfarin therapy was determined in 219 Swedish patients retrospectively grouped by CYP2C9 genotype. The relative risk of overanticoagulation as measured by INR >3 during the first 2 weeks of therapy was approximately doubled for those patients classified as *2 or *3 compared to patients who were homozygous for the *1 allele.4
Warfarin reduces the regeneration of vitamin K from vitamin K epoxide in the vitamin K cycle, through inhibition of vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKOR), a multiprotein enzyme
complex. Certain single nucleotide polymorphisms in the VKORC1 gene (especially the -1639G>A allele) have been associated with lower dose requirements for warfarin. In 201 Caucasian patients treated with stable warfarin doses, genetic variations in the VKORC1 gene were associated with lower warfarin doses. In this study, about 30% of the variance in warfarin dose could be attributed to variations in the VKORC1 gene alone; about 40% of the variance in warfarin dose could be attributed to variations in VKORC1 and CYP2C9 genes combined.5 About 55% of the variability in warfarin dose could be explained by the combination of VKORC1 and CYP2C9 genotypes, age, height, body weight, interacting drugs, and indication for warfarin therapy in Caucasian patients.5 Similar observations have been reported in Asian patients. 6,7
Patients 60 years or older appear to exhibit greater than expected PT/INR response to the anticoagulant effects of warfarin. The cause of the increased sensitivity to the anticoagulant effects of warfarin in this age group is unknown. This increased anticoagulant effect from warfarin may be due to a combination of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors. Racemic warfarin clearance may be unchanged or reduced with increasing age. Limited information suggests there is no difference in the clearance of S-warfarin in the elderly versus young subjects. However, there may be a slight decrease in the clearance of R-warfarin in the elderly as compared to the young. Therefore, as patient age increases, a lower dose of warfarin is usually required to produce a therapeutic level of anticoagulation.
Asian patients may require lower initiation and maintenance doses of warfarin. One non-controlled study conducted in 151 Chinese outpatients reported a mean daily warfarin requirement of 3.31.4 mg to achieve an INR of 2 to 2.5. These patients were stabilized on warfarin for various indications. Patient age was the most important determinant of warfarin requirement in Chinese patients with a progressively lower warfarin requirement with increasing age.
Renal clearance is considered to be a minor determinant of anticoagulant response to warfarin. No dosage adjustment is necessary for patients with renal failure.
Hepatic dysfunction can potentiate the response to warfarin through impaired synthesis of clotting factors and decreased metabolism of warfarin.
The administration of warfarin sodium via the intravenous (IV) route should provide the patient with the same concentration of an equal oral dose, but maximum plasma concentration will be reached earlier. However, the full anticoagulant effect of a dose of warfarin may not be achieved until 72 to 96 hours after dosing, indicating that the administration of IV warfarin sodium should not provide any increased biological effect or earlier onset of action.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
In five prospective randomized controlled clinical trials involving 3711 patients with non-rheumatic AF, warfarin significantly reduced the risk of systemic thromboembolism including stroke (see Table 2). The risk reduction ranged from 60% to 86% in all except one trial (CAFA: 45%) which stopped early due to published positive results from two of these trials. The incidence of major bleeding in these trials ranged from 0.6% to 2.7% (see Table 2). Meta-analysis findings of these studies revealed that the effects of warfarin in reducing thromboembolic events including stroke were similar at either moderately high INR (2 to 4.5) or low INR (1.4 to 3). There was a significant reduction in minor bleeds at the low INR. Similar data from clinical studies in valvular atrial fibrillation patients are not available.
Table 2: Clinical Studies of Warfarin in Non-Rheumatic AF Patients*
*All study results of warfarin vs. control are based on intention-to-treat analysis and include ischemic stroke and systemic thromboembolism, excluding hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attacks.NThromboembolism% Major BleedingStudyWarfarin- Treated PatientsControl PatientsPT RatioINR% Risk Reductionp-valueWarfarin- Treated PatientsControl PatientsAFASAK3353361.5-2.02.8-4.2600.0270.60.0SPAF2102111.3-1.82.0-4.5670.011.91.9BAATAF2122081.2-1.51.5-2.786<0.050.90.5CAFA1871911.3-1.62.0-3.04188.8.131.52SPINAF2602651.2-1.51.4-2.8790.0012.31.5
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).] The primary endpoint was a combination of total mortality and recurrent infarction. A secondary endpoint of cerebrovascular events was assessed. Mean follow-up of the patients was 37 months. The results for each endpoint separately, including an analysis of vascular death, are provided in the following table:
EventWarfarin (N=607)Placebo (N=607)RR (95%CI)% Risk Reduction (p-value)Total Patient Years of Follow-up20181944Total Mortality94 (4.7/100 py)123 (6.3/100 py)0.76 (0.60, 0.97)24 (p=0.030)Vascular Death82 (4.1/100 py)105 (5.4/100 py)0.78 (0.60, 1.02)22 (p=0.068)Recurrent MI82 (4.1/100 py)124 (6.4/100 py)0.66 (0.51, 0.85)34 (p=0.001)Cerebrovascular Event20 (1.0/100 py)44 (2.3/100 py)0.46 (0.28, 0.75)54 (p=0.002)WARIS II (The Warfarin, Aspirin, Re-Infarction Study) was an open-label, randomized study of 3630 patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction treated with warfarin target INR 2.8 to 4.2, aspirin 160 mg/day, or warfarin target INR 2 to 2.5 plus aspirin 75 mg/day prior to hospital discharge. There were approximately four times as many major bleeding episodes in the two groups receiving warfarin than in the group receiving aspirin alone. Major bleeding episodes were not more frequent among patients receiving aspirin plus warfarin than among those receiving warfarin alone, but the incidence of minor bleeding episodes was higher in the combined therapy group. The primary endpoint was a composite of death, nonfatal reinfarction, or thromboembolic stroke. The mean duration of observation was approximately 4 years. The results for WARIS II are provided in the following table .8
Table 4: WARIS II - Distribution of Separate Events According to Treatment Group
* CI denotes confidence interval. ND=not determined.*The rate ratio is for aspirin plus warfarin as compared with aspirin.The rate ratio is for warfarin as compared with aspirin.Major bleeding episodes were defined as nonfatal cerebral hemorrhage or bleeding necessitating surgical intervention or blood transfusion.Minor bleeding episodes were defined as non-cerebral hemorrhage not necessitating surgical intervention or blood transfusion.EventAspirin (N=1206)Warfarin (N=1216)Aspirin plus Warfarin (N=1208)Rate Ratio (95% CI)*p-valueNo. of EventsReinfarction11790690.56 (0.41-0.78)*0.74 (0.55-0.98)<0.001 0.03Thromboembolic Stroke3217170.52 (0.28-0.98)*0.52 (0.28-0.97)0.03 0.03Major Bleeding833283.35*(ND) 4.00(ND)ND NDMinor Bleeding391031333.21*(ND) 2.55(ND)ND NDDeath9296950.82
Mechanical and Bioprosthetic Heart Valves
In a prospective, randomized, open-label, positive-controlled study9 in 254 patients, the thromboembolic-free interval was found to be significantly greater in patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves treated with warfarin alone compared with dipyridamole-aspirin (p<0.005) and pentoxifylline-aspirin (p<0.05) treated patients. Rates of thromboembolic events in these groups were 2.2, 8.6, and 7.9/100 patient years, respectively. Major bleeding rates were 2.5, 0, and 0.9/100 patient years, respectively.
In a prospective, open label, clinical trial comparing moderate (INR 2.65) vs. high intensity (INR 9) warfarin therapies in 258 patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves, thromboembolism occurred with similar frequency in the two groups (4 and 3.7 events/100 patient years, respectively). Major bleeding was more common in the high intensity group (2.1 events/100 patient years) vs. 0.95 events/100 patient years in the moderate intensity group.10
In a randomized trial in 210 patients comparing two intensities of warfarin therapy (INR 2 to 2.25 vs. INR 2.5 to 4) for a three-month period following tissue heart valve replacement, thromboembolism occurred with similar frequency in the two groups (major embolic events 2% vs. 1.9%, respectively, and minor embolic events 10.8% vs. 10.2%, respectively). Major bleeding complications were more frequent with the higher intensity (major hemorrhages 4.6%) vs. none in the lower intensity.11
INDICATIONS & USAGEWarfarin Sodium Tablets USP are indicated for the prophylaxis and/or treatment of venous thrombosis and its extension, and pulmonary embolism.
Warfarin Sodium Tablets USP are indicated for the prophylaxis and/or treatment of the thromboembolic complications associated with atrial fibrillation and/or cardiac valve replacement.
Warfarin Sodium Tablets USP are indicated to reduce the risk of death, recurrent myocardial infarction, and thromboembolic events such as stroke or systemic embolization after myocardial infarction.
CONTRAINDICATIONSAnticoagulation is contraindicated in any localized or general physical condition or personal circumstance in which the hazard of hemorrhage might be greater than the potential clinical benefits of anticoagulation, such as:
Warfarin sodium is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant because the drug passes through the placental barrier and may cause fatal hemorrhage to the fetus in utero. Furthermore, there have been reports of birth malformations in children born to mothers who have been treated with warfarin during pregnancy.
Embryopathy characterized by nasal hypoplasia with or without stippled epiphyses (chondrodysplasia punctata) has been reported in pregnant women exposed to warfarin during the first trimester. Central nervous system abnormalities also have been reported, including dorsal midline dysplasia characterized by agenesis of the corpus callosum, Dandy-Walker malformation, and midline cerebellar atrophy. Ventral midline dysplasia, characterized by optic atrophy, and eye abnormalities have been observed. Mental retardation, blindness, and other central nervous system abnormalities have been reported in association with second and third trimester exposure. Although rare, teratogenic reports following in utero exposure to warfarin include urinary tract anomalies such as single kidney, asplenia, anencephaly, spina bifida, cranial nerve palsy, hydrocephalus, cardiac defects and congenital heart disease, polydactyly, deformities of toes, diaphragmatic hernia, corneal leukoma, cleft palate, cleft lip, schizencephaly, and microcephaly.
Spontaneous abortion and stillbirth are known to occur and a higher risk of fetal mortality is associated with the use of warfarin. Low birth weight and growth retardation have also been reported.
Women of childbearing potential who are candidates for anticoagulant therapy should be carefully evaluated and the indications critically reviewed with the patient. If the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, she should be apprised of the potential risks to the fetus, and the possibility of termination of the pregnancy should be discussed in light of those risks.
Hemorrhagic tendencies or blood dyscrasias.
Recent or contemplated surgery of:
Bleeding tendencies associated with active ulceration or overt bleeding of:
Threatened abortion,eclampsia and preeclampsia.
Inadequate laboratory facilities.
Unsupervised patients with senility,alcoholism, or psychosis or other lack of patient cooperation.
Spinal punctureand other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures with potential for uncontrollable bleeding.
Major regional, lumbar block anesthesia, malignant hypertension and known hypersensitivity to warfarin or to any other components of this product.
WARNINGSThe most serious risks associated with anticoagulant therapy with warfarin sodium are hemorrhage in any tissue or organ12 (see BLACK BOX WARNING) and, less frequently (<0.1%), necrosis and/or gangrene of skin and other tissues. Hemorrhage and necrosis have in some cases been reported to result in death or permanent disability. Necrosis appears to be associated with local thrombosis and usually appears within a few days of the start of anticoagulant therapy. In severe cases of necrosis, treatment through debridement or amputation of the affected tissue, limb, breast or penis has been reported. Careful diagnosis is required to determine whether necrosis is caused by an underlying disease. Warfarin therapy should be discontinued when warfarin is suspected to be the cause of developing necrosis and heparin therapy may be considered for anticoagulation. Although various treatments have been attempted, no treatment for necrosis has been considered uniformly effective. See below for information on predisposing conditions. These and other risks associated with anticoagulant therapy must be weighed against the risk of thrombosis or embolization in untreated cases.
It cannot be emphasized too strongly that treatment of each patient is a highly individualized matter. Warfarin sodium, a narrow therapeutic range (index) drug, may be affected by factors such as other drugs and dietary vitamin K. Dosage should be controlled by periodic determinations of prothrombin time (PT)/International Normalized Ratio (INR). Determinations of whole blood clotting and bleeding times are not effective measures for control of therapy. Heparin prolongs the one-stage PT. When heparin and warfarin sodium are administered concomitantly, refer below to Conversion From Heparin Therapy for recommendations.
Increased caution should be observed when warfarin sodium is administered in the presence of any predisposing condition where added risk of hemorrhage, necrosis, and/or gangrene is present.
Anticoagulation therapy with warfarin sodium may enhance the release of atheromatous plaque emboli, thereby increasing the risk of complications from systemic cholesterol microembolization, including thepurple toes syndrome.Discontinuation of warfarin sodium therapy is recommended when such phenomena are observed.
Systemic atheroemboli and cholesterol microemboli can present with a variety of signs and symptoms including purple toes syndrome, livedo reticularis, rash, gangrene, abrupt and intense pain in the leg, foot, or toes, foot ulcers, myalgia, penile gangrene, abdominal pain, flank or back pain, hematuria, renal insufficiency, hypertension, cerebral ischemia, spinal cord infarction, pancreatitis, symptoms simulating polyarteritis, or any other sequelae of vascular compromise due to embolic occlusion. The most commonly involved visceral organs are the kidneys followed by the pancreas, spleen, and liver. Some cases have progressed to necrosis or death.
Purple toes syndrome is a complication of oral anticoagulation characterized by a dark, purplish or mottled color of the toes, usually occurring between 3 to 10 weeks, or later, after the initiation of therapy with warfarin or related compounds. Major features of this syndrome include purple color of plantar surfaces and sides of the toes that blanches on moderate pressure and fades with elevation of the legs; pain and tenderness of the toes; waxing and waning of the color over time. While the purple toes syndrome is reported to be reversible, some cases progress to gangrene or necrosis which may require debridement of the affected area, or may lead to amputation.
Warfarin sodium should be used with caution in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and deep venous thrombosis. Cases of venous limb ischemia, necrosis, and gangrene have occurred in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and deep venous thrombosis when heparin treatment was discontinued and warfarin therapy was started or continued. In some patients sequelae have included amputation of the involved area and/or death.13
The decision to administer anticoagulants in the following conditions must be based upon clinical judgment in which the risks of anticoagulant therapy areweighed against the benefits:
Based on very limited published data, warfarin has not been detected in the breast milk of mothers treated with warfarin. The same limited published data report that some breast-fed infants, whose mothers were treated with warfarin, had prolonged prothrombin times, although not as prolonged as those of the mothers. The decision to breast-feed should be undertaken only after careful consideration of the available alternatives. Women who are breast-feeding and anticoagulated with warfarin should be very carefully monitored so that recommended PT/INR values are not exceeded. It is prudent to perform coagulation tests and to evaluate vitamin K status in infants before advising women taking warfarin to breast-feed. Effects in premature infants have not been evaluated.
Severe to moderate hepatic or renal insufficiency.
Infectious diseases or disturbances of intestinal flora: sprue, antibiotic therapy.
Traumawhich may result in internal bleeding.
Surgery or traumaresulting in large exposed raw surfaces.
Severe to moderate hypertension.
Known or suspected deficiency in protein C mediated anticoagulant response
Hereditary or acquired deficiencies of protein C or its cofactor, protein S, have been associated with tissue necrosis following warfarin administration. Not all patients with these conditions develop necrosis, and tissue necrosis occurs in patients without these deficiencies. Inherited resistance to activated protein C has been described in many patients with venous thromboembolic disorders but has not yet been evaluated as a risk factor for tissue necrosis. The risk associated with these conditions, both for recurrent thrombosis and for adverse reactions, is difficult to evaluate since it does not appear to be the same for everyone. Decisions about testing and therapy must be made on an individual basis. It has been reported that concomitant anticoagulation therapy with heparin for 5 to 7 days during initiation of therapy with warfarin sodium may minimize the incidence of tissue necrosis. Warfarin therapy should be discontinued when warfarin is suspected to be the cause of developing necrosis, and heparin therapy may be considered for anticoagulation.
polycythemia vera, vasculitis, and severe diabetes.
PRECAUTIONSPeriodic determination of PT/INR is essential.(See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION,Laboratory Control.) Numerous factors, alone or in combination including changes in diet, medications, botanicals, and genetic variations in the CYP2C9 and VKORC1 enzymes (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY,Pharmacogenomics) may influence the response of the patient to warfarin.
Drug-Drug and Drug-Disease Interactions
It is generally good practice to monitor the patient
Drugs may interact with warfarin sodium through pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic mechanisms. Pharmacodynamic mechanisms for drug interactions with warfarin sodium are synergism (impaired hemostasis, reduced clotting factor synthesis), competitive antagonism (vitamin K), and altered physiologic control loop for vitamin K metabolism (hereditary resistance). Pharmacokinetic mechanisms for drug interactions with warfarin sodium are mainly enzyme induction, enzyme inhibition, and reduced plasma protein binding. It is important to note that some drugs may interact by more than one mechanism.
The following factors, alone or in combination, may be responsible for INCREASED PT/INR response:
blood dyscrasias-see CONTRAINDICATIONShepatic disorders:infectious hepatitiscancerjaundicecollagen vascular diseasehyperthyroidismcongestive heart failurepoor nutritional statediarrheasteatorrheaelevated temperaturevitamin K deficiency
Potential drug interactions with warfarin sodium are listed below by drug class and by specific drugs.
Classes of Drugs
5-lipoxygenase InhibitorAntiplatelet Drugs/EffectsLeukotriene Receptor AntagonistAdrenergic Stimulants, CentralAntithyroid Drugs*Monoamine Oxidase InhibitorsAlcohol Abuse Reduction PreparationsBeta-Adrenergic BlockersNarcotics, prolongedAnalgesicsCholelitholytic AgentsNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory AgentsAnesthetics, InhalationDiabetes Agents, OralProton Pump InhibitorsAntiandrogenDiuretics*PsychostimulantsAntiarrhythmics*Fungal Medications, Intravaginal, Systemic*PyrazolonesAntibiotics*Gastric Acidity and Peptic Ulcer Agents*SalicylatesAminoglycosides (oral)GastrointestinalSelective Serotonin Reuptake InhibitorsCephalosporins, parenteralProkinetic AgentsSteroids, Adrenocortical*MacrolidesUlcerative Colitis AgentsSteroids, Anabolic (17-Alkyl Testosterone Derivatives)MiscellaneousGout Treatment AgentsThrombolyticsPenicillins, intravenous, high doseHemorrheologic AgentsThyroid DrugsQuinolones (fluoroquinolones)Hepatotoxic DrugsTuberculosis Agents*Sulfonamides, long actingHyperglycemic AgentsUricosuric AgentsTetracyclinesHypertensive Emergency AgentsVaccinesAnticoagulantsHypnotics*Vitamins*Anticonvulsants*Hypolipidemics*Antidepressants*Bile Acid-Binding Resins*Antimalarial AgentsFibric Acid DerivativesAntineoplastics*HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors*Antiparasitic/Antimicrobials
Specific Drugs Reported
acetaminophenfenoprofenoxymetholonealcohol*fluconazolepantoprazoleallopurinolfluorouracilparoxetineaminosalicylic acidfluoxetinepenicillin G, intravenousamiodarone HClflutamidepentoxifyllineargatrobanfluvastatinphenylbutazoneaspirinfluvoxaminephenytoin*atenololgefitinibpiperacillinatorvastatin*gemfibrozilpiroxicamazithromycinglucagonpravastatin*bivalirudinhalothaneprednisone*capecitabineheparinpropafenonecefamandoleibuprofenpropoxyphenecefazolinifosfamidepropranololcefoperazoneindomethacinpropylthiouracil*cefotetaninfluenza virus vaccinequinidinecefoxitinitraconazolequinineceftriaxoneketoprofenrabeprazolecelecoxibketorolacranitidine*cerivastatinlansoprazolerofecoxibchenodiollepirudinsertralinechloramphenicollevamisolesimvastatinchloral hydrate*levofloxacinstanozololchlorpropamidelevothyroxinestreptokinasecholestyramine*liothyroninesulfamethizolecimetidinelovastatinsulfamethoxazoleciprofloxacinmefenamic acidsulfinpyrazonecisapridemethimazole*sulfisoxazoleclarithromycinmethyldopasulindacclofibratemethylphenidatetamoxifencyclophosphamide*methylsalicylate ointment (topical)tetracyclinedanazolmetronidazolethyroiddextranmiconazole (intravaginal, oral, systemic)ticarcillindextrothyroxinemoricizine hydrochloride*ticlopidinediazoxidenalidixic acidtissue plasminogen activator (t-PA)diclofenacnaproxentolbutamidedicumarolneomycintramadoldiflunisalnorfloxacintrimethoprim/sulfamethoxazoledisulfiramofloxacinurokinasedoxycyclineolsalazinevaldecoxiberythromycinomeprazolevalproateesomeprazoleoxandrolonevitamin Eethacrynic acidoxaprozinwarfarin sodium overdoseezetimibezafirlukastfenofibratezileutonalso: other medications affecting blood elements which may modify hemostasis
prolonged hot weather
unreliable PT/INR determinations
*Increased and decreased PT/INR responses have been reported.
The following factors, alone or in combination, may be responsible for DECREASED PT/INR response:
edemahypothyroidismhereditary coumarin resistancenephrotic syndromehyperlipemiaExogenous Factors:
Potential drug interactions with warfarin sodium are listed below by drug class and by specific drugs.
Classes of Drugs
Adrenal Cortical Steroid InhibitorsAntipsychotic MedicationsHypolipidemics*AntacidsAntithyroid Drugs*Bile Acid-Binding Resins*Antianxiety AgentsBarbituratesHMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors*Antiarrhythmics*Diuretics*ImmunosuppressivesAntibiotics*Enteral Nutritional SupplementsOral Contraceptives, Estrogen ContainingAnticonvulsants*Fungal Medications, Systemic*Selective Estrogen Receptor ModulatorsAntidepressants*Gastric Acidity and Peptic Ulcer Agents*Steroids, Adrenocortical*AntihistaminesHypnotics*Tuberculosis Agents*Antineoplastics*Vitamins*
Specific Drugs Reported
alcohol*cyclophosphamide*phenytoin*aminoglutethimidedicloxacillinpravastatin*amobarbitalethchlorvynolprednisone*atorvastatin*glutethimideprimidoneazathioprinegriseofulvinpropylthiouracil*butabarbitalhaloperidolraloxifenebutalbitalmeprobamateranitidine*carbamazepine6-mercaptopurinerifampinchloral hydrate*methimazole*secobarbitalchlordiazepoxidemoricizine hydrochloride*spironolactonechlorthalidonenafcillinsucralfatecholestyramine*paraldehydetrazodoneclozapinepentobarbitalvitamin C (high dose)corticotropinphenobarbitalvitamin Kcortisonewarfarin sodium underdosagealso: diet high in vitamin K
unreliable PT/INR determinations
* Increased and decreased PT/INR responses have been reported.
Because a patient may be exposed to a combination of the above factors, the net effect of warfarin sodium on PT/INR response may be unpredictable. More frequent PT/INR monitoring is therefore advisable. Medications of unknown interaction with coumarins are best regarded with caution. When these medications are started or stopped, more frequent PT/INR monitoring is advisable.
It has been reported that concomitant administration of warfarin and ticlopidine may be associated with cholestatic hepatitis.
Botanical (Herbal) Medicines
Caution should be exercised when botanical medicines (botanicals) are taken concomitantly with warfarin sodium. Few adequate, well-controlled studies exist evaluating the potential for metabolic and/or pharmacologic interactions between botanicals and warfarin sodium. Due to a lack of manufacturing standardization with botanical medicinal preparations, the amount of active ingredients may vary. This could further confound the ability to assess potential interactions and effects on anticoagulation. It is good practice to monitor the patient's response with additional PT/INR determinations when initiating or discontinuing botanicals.
Specific botanicals reported to affect warfarin sodium therapy include the following:
- Bromelains, danshen, dong quai (Angelica sinensis), garlic, Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and cranberry products are associated most often with an INCREASE in the effects of warfarin sodium.
- Coenzyme Q10 (ubidecarenone) and St. John's wort are associated most often with a DECREASE in the effects of warfarin sodium.
Some botanicals that may affect coagulation are listed below for reference; however, this list should not be considered all-inclusive. Many botanicals have several common names and scientific names. The most widely recognized common botanical names are listed.
Botanicals that contain coumarins with potential anticoagulant effects:
Agrimony1CeleryParsleyAlfalfaChamomile (German and Roman)Passion FlowerAngelica (Dong Quai)Dandelion4Prickly Ash (Northern)AniseedFenugreekQuassiaArnicaHorse ChestnutRed CloverAsafoetidaHorseradishSweet CloverBogbean2Licorice4Sweet WoodruffBoldoMeadowsweet2Tonka BeansBuchuNettleWild CarrotCapsicum3Wild LettuceCassia4Miscellaneous botanicals with anticoagulant properties:
Bladder Wrack (Fucus) Pau d'arco
Botanicals that contain salicylate and/or have antiplatelet properties:
Agrimony1Dandelion4Meadowsweet 2Aloe GelFeverfewOnion5AspenGarlic5PolicosanolBlack CohoshGerman SarsaparillaPoplarBlack HawGingerSenegaBogbean2Ginkgo BilobaTamarindCassia 4Ginseng (Panax)5WillowCloveLicorice4Wintergreen
Botanicals with fibrinolytic properties:
BromelainsGarlic5Inositol NicotinateCapsicum3Ginseng (Panax)5Onion5
Botanicals with coagulant properties:
Agrimony1MistletoeGoldensealYarrow1Contains coumarins, has antiplatelet properties, and may have coagulant properties due to possible vitamin K content.
2 Contains coumarins and salicylate.
3 Contains coumarins and has fibrinolytic properties.
4 Contains coumarins and has antiplatelet properties.
5 Has antiplatelet and fibrinolytic properties.
Effect on Other Drugs
Coumarins may also affect the action of other drugs. Hypoglycemic agents (chlorpropamide and tolbutamide) and anticonvulsants (phenytoin and phenobarbital) may accumulate in the body as a result of interference with either their metabolism or excretion.
Considerations for Increased Bleeding Risk
Warfarin sodium is a narrow therapeutic range (index) drug, and additional caution should be observed when warfarin sodium is administered to certain patients. Reported risk factors for bleeding include high intensity of anticoagulation (INR >4), age >65, highly variable INRs, history of gastrointestinal bleeding, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, serious heart disease, anemia, malignancy, trauma, renal insufficiency, concomitant drugs (see PRECAUTIONS), and long duration of warfarin therapy. Identification of risk factors for bleeding and certain genetic variations in CYP2CP and VKORC1 in a patient may increase the need for more frequent INR monitoring and the use of lower warfarin doses (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY,Pharmacokinetics, Metabolism andDOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). Bleeding is more likely to occur during the starting period and with a higher dose of warfarin sodium (resulting in a higher INR).
Intramuscular (IM) injections of concomitant medications should be confined to the upper extremities which permits easy access for manual compression, inspections for bleeding and use of pressure bandages.
Caution should be observed when warfarin sodium is administered concomitantly with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, to be certain that no change in anticoagulation dosage is required. In addition to specific drug interactions that might affect PT/INR, NSAIDs, including aspirin, can inhibit platelet aggregation, and can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulceration and/or perforation.
INFORMATION FOR PATIENTSThe objective of anticoagulant therapy is to decrease the clotting ability of the blood so that thrombosis is prevented, while avoiding spontaneous bleeding. Effective therapeutic levels with minimal complications are in part dependent upon cooperative and well-instructed patients who communicate effectively with their physician. Patients should be advised: Strict adherence to prescribed dosage schedule is necessary. Do not take or discontinue any other medication, including salicylates (e.g., aspirin and topical analgesics), other over-the-counter medications, and botanical (herbal) products except on advice of the physician. Avoid alcohol consumption. Do not take warfarin sodium during pregnancy and do not become pregnant while taking it (seeCONTRAINDICATIONS). Avoid any activity or sport that may result in traumatic injury. Prothrombin time tests and regular visits to physician or clinic are needed to monitor therapy. Carry identification stating that warfarin sodium is being taken. If the prescribed dose of warfarin sodium is forgotten, notify the physician immediately. Take the dose as soon as possible on the same day but do not take a double dose of warfarin sodium the next day to make up for missed doses. The amount of vitamin K in food may affect therapy with warfarin sodium. Eat a normal, balanced diet maintaining a consistent amount of vitamin K. Avoid drastic changes in dietary habits, such as eating large amounts of green leafy vegetables. You should also avoid intake of cranberry juice or any other cranberry products. Notify your healthcare provider if any of these products are part of your normal diet. Contact physician to report any illness, such as diarrhea, infection or fever. Notify physician immediately if any unusual bleeding or symptoms occur. Signs and symptoms of bleeding include: pain, swelling or discomfort, prolonged bleeding from cuts, increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding of gums from brushing, unusual bleeding or bruising, red or dark brown urine, red or tar black stools, headache, dizziness, or weakness. If therapy with warfarin sodium is discontinued, patients should be cautioned that the anticoagulant effects of warfarin sodium may persist for about 2 to 5 days.Patients should be informed that all warfarin sodium, USP, products represent the same medication, and should not be taken concomitantly, as overdosage may result.A Medication Guide14 should be available to patients when their prescriptions for warfarin sodium are issued.
CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITYCarcinogenicity and mutagenicity studies have not been performed with warfarin sodium. The reproductive effects of warfarin sodium have not been evaluated. The use of warfarin during pregnancy has been associated with the development of fetal malformations in humans (seeCONTRAINDICATIONS).
PEDIATRIC USESafety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 18 have not been established in randomized, controlled clinical trials. However, the use of warfarin sodium in pediatric patients is well-documented for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic events. Difficulty achieving and maintaining therapeutic PT/INR ranges in the pediatric patient has been reported. More frequent PT/INR determinations are recommended because of possible changing warfarin requirements.
GERIATRIC USEPatients 60 years or older appear to exhibit greater than expected PT/INR response to the anticoagulant effects of warfarin (seeCLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). Warfarin sodium is contraindicated in any unsupervised patient with senility. Caution should be observed with administration of warfarin sodium to elderly patients in any situation or physical condition where added risk of hemorrhage is present. Lower initiation and maintenance doses of warfarin sodium are recommended for elderly patients (seeDOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).
ADVERSE REACTIONSPotential adverse reactions to warfarin sodium may include:
- Bleeding which occurs when the PT/INR is within the therapeutic range warrants diagnostic investigation since it may unmask a previously unsuspected lesion, e.g., tumor, ulcer, etc.
- Necrosis of skin and other tissues. (SeeWARNINGS.)
- Adverse reactions reported infrequently include: hypersensitivity/allergic reactions, including anaphylactic reactions, systemic cholesterol microembolization, purple toes syndrome, hepatitis, cholestatic hepatic injury, jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, hypotension, vasculitis, edema, anemia, pallor, fever, rash, dermatitis, including bullous eruptions, urticaria, angina syndrome, chest pain, abdominal pain including cramping, flatulence/bloating, fatigue, lethargy, malaise, asthenia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, headache, dizziness, loss of consciousness, syncope, coma, taste perversion, pruritus, alopecia, cold intolerance, and paresthesia including feeling cold and chills.
Priapism has been associated with anticoagulant administration; however, a causal relationship has not been established.
OVERDOSAGESigns and Symptoms
Suspected or overt abnormal bleeding (e.g., appearance of blood in stools or urine, hematuria, excessive menstrual bleeding, melena, petechiae, excessive bruising or persistent oozing from superficial injuries) are early manifestations of anticoagulation beyond a safe and satisfactory level.
Excessive anticoagulation, with or without bleeding, may be controlled by discontinuing warfarin sodium therapy and if necessary, by administration of oral or parenteral vitamin K1. (Please see recommendations accompanying vitamin K1 preparations prior to use.)15,16
Such use of vitamin K1 reduces response to subsequent warfarin sodium therapy. Patients may return to a pretreatment thrombotic status following the rapid reversal of a prolonged PT/INR. Resumption of warfarin sodium administration reverses the effect of vitamin K, and a therapeutic PT/INR can again be obtained by careful dosage adjustment. If rapid anticoagulation is indicated, heparin may be preferable for initial therapy.
If minor bleeding progresses to major bleeding, give 5 to 25 mg (rarely up to 50 mg) parenteral vitamin K1. In emergency situations of severe hemorrhage, clotting factors can be returned to normal by administering 200 to 500 mL of fresh whole blood or fresh frozen plasma, or by giving commercial Factor IX complex.
A risk of hepatitis and other viral diseases is associated with the use of these blood products; Factor IX complex is also associated with an increased risk of thrombosis. Therefore, these preparations should be used only in exceptional or life-threatening bleeding episodes secondary to warfarin sodium overdosage.
Purified Factor IX preparations should not be used because they cannot increase the levels of prothrombin, Factor VII and Factor X which are also depressed along with the levels of Factor IX as a result of warfarin sodium treatment. Packed red blood cells may also be given if significant blood loss has occurred. Infusions of blood or plasma should be monitored carefully to avoid precipitating pulmonary edema in elderly patients or patients with heart disease.
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATIONThe dosage and administration of warfarin sodium must be individualized for each patient according to the particular patient's PT/INR response to the drug. The dosage should be adjusted based upon the patient's PT/INR.15,16,17,18,19The best available information supports the following recommendations for dosing of warfarin sodium.
Venous Thromboembolism (including deep venous thrombosis [DVT] and pulmonary embolism [PE])
For patients with a first episode of DVT or PE secondary to a transient (reversible) risk factor, treatment with warfarin for 3 months is recommended. For patients with a first episode of idiopathic DVT or PE, warfarin is recommended for at least 6 to 12 months. For patients with two or more episodes of documented DVT or PE, indefinite treatment with warfarin is suggested. For patients with a first episode of DVT or PE who have documented antiphospholipid antibodies or who have two or more thrombophilic conditions, treatment for 12 months is recommended and indefinite therapy is suggested. For patients with a first episode of DVT or PE who have documented deficiency of antithrombin, deficiency of Protein C or Protein S, or the Factor V Leiden or prothrombin 20210 gene mutation, homocystinemia, or high Factor VIII levels (>90th percentile of normal), treatment for 6 to 12 months is recommended and indefinite therapy is suggested for idiopathic thrombosis. The risk-benefit should be reassessed periodically in patients who receive indefinite anticoagulant treatment.12,20 The dose of warfarin should be adjusted to maintain a target INR of 2.5 (INR range, 2 to 3) for all treatment durations. These recommendations are supported by the American College of Chest Physicians' (7th ACCP) guidelines.15,17,21,22
Five clinical trials evaluated the effects of warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Meta-analysis findings of these studies revealed that the effects of warfarin in reducing thromboembolic events including stroke were similar at either moderately high INR (2 to 4.5) or low INR (1.4 to 3). There was a significant reduction in minor bleeds at the low INR. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in populations with atrial fibrillation and valvular heart disease. Similar data from clinical studies in valvular atrial fibrillation patients are not available. The trials in non-valvular atrial fibrillation support the 7th ACCP recommendation that an INR of 2 to 3 be used for warfarin therapy in appropriate AF patients.17
Oral anticoagulation therapy with warfarin is recommended in patients with persistent or paroxysmal AF (PAF) (intermittent AF) at high risk of stroke (i.e., having any of the following features: prior ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or systemic embolism, age >75 years, moderately or severely impaired left ventricular systolic function and/or congestive heart failure, history of hypertension, or diabetes mellitus). In patients with persistent AF or PAF, age 65 to 75 years, in the absence of other risk factors, but who are at intermediate risk of stroke, antithrombotic therapy with either oral warfarin or aspirin, 325 mg/day, is recommended. For patients with AF and mitral stenosis, anticoagulation with oral warfarin is recommended (7th ACCP). For patients with AF and prosthetic heart valves, anticoagulation with oral warfarin should be used; the target INR may be increased and aspirin added depending on valve type and position, and on patient factors.17
Mechanical and Bioprosthetic Heart Valves
For all patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves, warfarin is recommended. For patients with a St. Jude Medical (St. Paul, MN) bileaflet valve in the aortic position, a target INR of 2.5 (range, 2 to 3) is recommended. For patients with tilting disk valves and bileaflet mechanical valves in the mitral position, the 7th ACCP recommends a target INR of 3 (range, 2.5 to 3.5). For patients with caged ball or caged disk valves, a target INR of 3 (range, 2.5 to 3.5) in combination with aspirin, 75 to 100 mg/day is recommended. For patients with bioprosthetic valves, warfarin therapy with a target INR of 2.5 (range, 2 to 3) is recommended for valves in the mitral position and is suggested for valves in the aortic position for the first 3 months after valve insertion.15
Recurrent Systemic Embolism and Other Indications
Oral anticoagulation therapy has not been evaluated by properly designed clinical trials in patients with valvular disease associated with atrial fibrillation, patients with mitral stenosis, and patients with recurrent systemic embolism of unknown etiology. A moderate dose regimen (INR 2 to 3) is recommended for these patients.17
An INR of greater than 4 appears to provide no additional therapeutic benefit in most patients and is associated with a higher risk of bleeding.
The dose of warfarin sodium must be individualized by monitoring the PT/INR. Not all factors causing warfarin dose variability are known. The maintenance dose needed to achieve a target PT/INR is influenced by:
- Clinical factors including age, race, body weight, sex, concomitant medications, and comorbidities and
- Genetic factors (CYP2C9 and VKORC1 genotypes).
The patient's CYP2C9 and VKORC1 genotype information, when available, can assist in selection of the starting dose. Table 5 describes the range of stable maintenance doses observed in multiple patients having different combinations of CYP2C9 and VKORC1 gene variants. Consider these ranges in choosing the initial dose.
In all patients, subsequent dosage adjustments must be made based on the results of PT/INR determinations.17, 18
Table 5: Range of Expected Therapeutic Warfarin Doses Based on CYP2C9 and VKORC1 Genotypes
are derived from multiple published clinical studies. Other clinical factors (e.g., age, race, body weight, sex, concomitant medications, and comorbidities) are generally accounted for along with genotype in the ranges expressed in the Table. VKORC11639 G(rs9923231) variant is used in this table. Other co-inherited VKORC1 variants may also be important determinants of warfarin dose. Patients with CYP2C9 *1/*3, *2/*2, *2/*3 and *3/*3 may require more prolonged time (>2 to 4 weeks) to achieve maximum INR effect for a given dosage regimen.VKORC1CYP2C9*1/*1*1/*2*1/*3*2/*2*2/*3*3/*3GG5-7 mg5-7 mg3-4 mg3-4 mg3-4 mg0.5-2 mgAG5-7 mg3-4 mg3-4 mg3-4 mg0.5-2 mg0.5-2 mgAA3-4 mg3-4 mg0.5-2 mg0.5-2 mg0.5-2 mg0.5-2 mg
Most patients are satisfactorily maintained at a dose of 2 to 10 mg daily. Flexibility of dosage is provided by breaking scored tablets in half. The individual dose and interval should be gauged by the patient's prothrombin response. Acquired or inherited warfarin resistance is rare, but should be suspected if large daily doses of warfarin sodium are required to maintain a patient's PT/INR within a normal therapeutic range. Lower maintenance doses are recommended for elderly and/or debilitated patients and patients with a potential to exhibit greater than expected PT/INR response to warfarin sodium (seePRECAUTIONS).
Duration of Therapy
The duration of therapy in each patient should be individualized. In general, anticoagulant therapy should be continued until the danger of thrombosis and embolism has passed.14,15,17,18,21,22
The anticoagulant effect of warfarin sodium persists beyond 24 hours. If the patient forgets to take the prescribed dose of warfarin sodium at the scheduled time, the dose should be taken as soon as possible on the same day. The patient should not take the missed dose by doubling the daily dose to make up for missed doses, but should refer back to his or her physician.
The PT reflects the depression of vitamin K dependent Factors VII, X and II. A system of standardizing the PT in oral anticoagulant control was introduced by the World Health Organization in 1983. It is based upon the determination of an International Normalized Ratio (INR) which provides a common basis for communication of PT results and interpretations of therapeutic ranges.24The PT should be determined daily after the administration of the initial dose until PT/INR results stabilize in the therapeutic range. Intervals between subsequent PT/INR determinations should be based upon the physician's judgment of the patient's reliability and response to warfarin sodium in order to maintain the individual within the therapeutic range.Acceptable intervals for PT/INR determinations are normally within the range of 1 to 4 weeks after a stable dosage has been determined.To ensure adequate control, it is recommended that additional PT tests be done when other warfarin products are interchanged with warfarin sodium tablets, USP, as well as whenever other medications are initiated, discontinued, or taken irregularly (seePRECAUTIONS).Safety and efficacy of warfarin therapy can be improved by increasing the quality of laboratory control. Reports suggest that in usual care monitoring, patients are in therapeutic range only 33% to 64% of the time. Time in therapeutic range is significantly greater (56% to 93%) in patients managed by anticoagulation clinics, among self-testing and self-monitoring patients, and in patients managed with the help of computer programs.25 Self-testing patients had fewer bleeding events than patients in usual care.25
Treatment During Dentistry and Surgery
The management of patients who undergo dental and surgical procedures requires close liaison between attending physicians, surgeons, and dentists.15,19 PT/INR determination is recommended just prior to any dental or surgical procedure. In patients undergoing minimal invasive procedures who must be anticoagulated prior to, during, or immediately following these procedures, adjusting the dosage of warfarin sodium to maintain the PT/INR at the low end of the therapeutic range may safely allow for continued anticoagulation. The operative site should be sufficiently limited and accessible to permit the effective use of local procedures for hemostasis. Under these conditions, dental and minor surgical procedures may be performed without undue risk of hemorrhage. Some dental or surgical procedures may necessitate the interruption of warfarin sodium therapy. When discontinuing warfarin sodium even for a short period of time, the benefits and risks should be strongly considered.
Conversion From Heparin Therapy
Since the anticoagulant effect of warfarin sodium is delayed, heparin is preferred initially for rapid anticoagulation. Conversion to warfarin sodium may begin concomitantly with heparin therapy or may be delayed 3 to 6 days. To ensure continuous anticoagulation, it is advisable to continue full dose heparin therapy and that warfarin sodium therapy be overlapped with heparin for 4 to 5 days, until warfarin sodium has produced the desired therapeutic response as determined by PT/INR. When warfarin sodium has produced the desired PT/INR or prothrombin activity, heparin may be discontinued.
Warfarin sodium may increase the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) test, even in the absence of heparin. A severe elevation (>50 seconds) in activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) with a PT/INR in the desired range has been identified as an indication of increased risk of postoperative hemorrhage.
During initial therapy with warfarin sodium, the interference with heparin anticoagulation is of minimal clinical significance.
As heparin may affect the PT/INR, patients receiving both heparin and warfarin sodium should have blood for PT/INR determination drawn at least:
- 5 hours after the last IV bolus dose of heparin, or
- 4 hours after cessation of a continuous IV infusion of heparin, or
- 24 hours after the last subcutaneous heparin injection.
HOW SUPPLIEDWarfarin Sodium Tablets, USP are available as:
1 mg:Pink, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 831/1 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0831-021000 TabletsNDC 0555-0831-052 mg:Lavender, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 869/2 on the scored and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0869-021000 TabletsNDC 0555-0869-052mg:Green, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 832/2on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0832-021000 TabletsNDC 0555-0832-053 mg:Tan, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 925/3 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0925-024 mg:4 mg: Blue, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 874/4 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 Tablets0555-0874-021000 Tablets0555-0874-055 mg:Peach, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 833/5 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0833-021000 TabletsNDC 0555-0833-056 mg:Teal, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 926/6 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0926-027mg:Yellow, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 834/7on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0834-0210 mg:White, oval, scored tablet. Debossed with 835/10 on the scored side and stylized barr on the other side.Available in Bottles of:100 TabletsNDC 0555-0835-02
STORAGE AND HANDLINGStore at 20to 25(68to 77[See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
Dispense with a child-resistant closure in a tight, light-resistant container.
Protect from light.
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SPL MEDGUIDEWarfarin Sodium Tablets, USP
Read this Medication Guide before you start taking Warfarin Sodium and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. You and your healthcare provider should talk about Warfarin Sodium when you start taking it and at regular checkups.
What is the most important information I should know about Warfarin Sodium?
- Take your Warfarin Sodium exactly as prescribed to lower the chance of blood clots forming in your body. (SeeWhat is Warfarin Sodium?)
- Warfarin Sodium is very important for your health, but it can cause serious and life-threatening bleeding problems . To benefit from Warfarin Sodium and also lower your chance for bleeding problems, you must:
- Get your regular blood test to check for your response to Warfarin Sodium.This blood test is called a PT/INR test. The PT/INR test checks to see how fast your blood clots. Your healthcare provider will decide what PT/INR numbers are best for you. Your dose of Warfarin Sodium will be adjusted to keep your PT/INR in a target range for you.
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding problems:
- pain, swelling, or discomfort
- headaches, dizziness, or weakness
- unusual bruising (bruises that develop without known cause or grow in size)
- bleeding gums
- bleeding from cuts takes a long time to stop
- menstrual bleeding or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
- pink or brown urine
- red or black stools
- coughing up blood
- vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- Many other medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements can interact with Warfarin Sodium and:
- affect the dose you need, or
- increase Warfarin Sodium side effects.
- Do not take other medicines that contain warfarin.Warfarin is the active ingredient in Warfarin Sodium Tablets.
- Some foods can interact with Warfarin Sodium and affect your treatment and dose.
- Eat a normal, balanced diet.Talk to your doctor before you make any diet changes.Do not eat large amounts of leafy green vegetables.Leafy green vegetables contain vitamin K. Certain vegetable oils also contain large amounts of vitamin K. Too much vitamin K can lower the effect of Warfarin Sodium.
- Avoid drinking cranberry juice or eating cranberry products.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Always tell all of your healthcare providers that you take Warfarin Sodium.
- Wear or carry information that you take Warfarin Sodium.
Warfarin Sodium is an anticoagulant medicine. It is used to lower the chance of blood clots forming in your body. Blood clots can cause a stroke, heart attack, or other serious conditions such as blood clots in the legs or lungs.
Who should not take Warfarin Sodium?
Do not take Warfarin Sodium if:
- your chance of having bleeding problems is higher than the possible benefit of treatment. Your healthcare provider will decide if Warfarin Sodium is right for you. Talk to your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions.
- you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.Warfarin Sodium can cause death or birth defects to an unborn baby. Use effective birth control if you can get pregnant.
- you are allergic to warfarin or to anything else in Warfarin Sodium Tablets.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:
- have bleeding problems
- fall often
- have liver or kidney problems
- have high blood pressure
- have a heart problem called congestive heart failure
- have diabetes
- drink alcohol or have problems with alcohol abuse. Alcohol can affect your Warfarin Sodium dose and should be avoided.
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.SeeWho should not take Warfarin Sodium?
- are breast-feeding.Warfarin Sodium may increase bleeding in your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby. If you choose to breast-feed while taking Warfarin Sodium, both you and your baby should be carefully monitored for bleeding problems.
- Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SeeWhat is the most important information I should know about Warfarin Sodium?
- Take Warfarin Sodium exactly as prescribed.Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose from time to time depending on your response to Warfarin Sodium.
- You must have regular blood tests and visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your condition.
- Take Warfarin Sodium at the same time every day.You can take Warfarin Sodium either with food or on an empty stomach.
- If you miss a dose of Warfarin Sodium, call your healthcare provider. Take the dose as soon as possible on the same day. Do not take a double dose of Warfarin Sodium the next day to make up for a missed dose.
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you take too much Warfarin Sodium.
- Call your healthcare provider if you are sick with diarrhea, an infection, or have a fever.
- Tell your healthcare provider about any planned surgeries, medical or dental procedures. Your Warfarin Sodium may have to be stopped for a short time or you may need your dose adjusted.
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you fall or injure yourself, especially if you hit your head.Your healthcare provider may need to check you.
What should I avoid while taking Warfarin Sodium?
- Do not start, stop, or change any medicine without talking with your healthcare provider.
- Do not make changes in your diet, such as eating large amounts of green, leafy vegetables.
- Do not change your weight by dieting, without first checking with your healthcare provider.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Do not do any activity or sport that may cause a serious injury.
- Warfarin Sodium is very important for your health, but it can cause serious and life-threatening bleeding problems. SeeWhat is the most important information I should know about Warfarin Sodium?
- Serious side effects of Warfarin Sodium also include:
- death of skin tissue (skin necrosis or gangrene). This can happen soon after starting Warfarin Sodium. It happens because blood clots form and block blood flow to an area of your body. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain, color, or temperature change to any area of your body. You may need medical care right away to prevent death or loss (amputation) of your affected body part.
- purple toes syndrome.Call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your toes and they look purple in color or dark in color.
These are not all of the side effects of Warfarin Sodium. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store Warfarin Sodium?
- Store at 20to 25(68to 77[See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from light.
- Keep Warfarin Sodium and all medicines out of the reach of children.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes not mentioned in a Medication Guide. Do not use Warfarin Sodium for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Warfarin Sodium to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Warfarin Sodium. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Warfarin Sodium that was written for healthcare professionals.
If you would like more information, call 1-800-BARRLAB (227-7522) and also speak with your healthcare provider.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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