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Acenocoumarol belongs to the group of medications called anticoagulants. It is sometimes referred to as a "blood thinner," although it does not actually thin the blood. Acenocoumarol is used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins by preventing blood clots from forming or from getting bigger, but it does not dissolve blood clots.
It is also used to treat atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm) that is associated with blood clots, and to treat and prevent blood clots in the lungs. It is used along with other medications to treat blood clots in the heart and transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes).
Acenocoumarol works by partially blocking the reuse of vitamin K in your liver. Vitamin K is needed to make clotting factors that help the blood to clot and prevent bleeding. Vitamin K is found naturally in foods such as leafy, green vegetables and certain vegetable oils. If you are taking acenocoumarol, you may continue to eat these foods but do not make any drastic changes to your diet.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The dose of acenocoumarol is individualized by your doctor according to blood clotting time as determined by laboratory tests, called an INR, performed at regular intervals. It is very important to keep your lab appointments, as there is a narrow range between too much and too little of the medication. Too much medication may cause you to bleed more. Too little medication may let a harmful clot form.
The usual dose on the first day ranges from 8 mg to 12 mg and on the second day from 4 mg to 8 mg. The usual maintenance dose ranges from 1 mg to 10 mg once daily. Take acenocoumarol at the same time each day.
Different circumstances in your life (e.g., eating certain foods or using certain medications) can cause this medication to work more or less effectively. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these foods and medications.
It is important to manage your lifestyle appropriately when taking acenocoumarol:
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Each peach coloured, biconvex, round tablet contains acenocoumarol 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, colloidal silicon dioxide, cornstarch, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, glycerin, lactose, magnesium stearate, and talc. This medication does not contain bisulfites, gluten, parabens, sodium, or tartrazine.
Each white, flat-faced tablet, debossed with Paladin shield on one side and double scored on the other, contains acenocoumarol 4 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, and talc. This medication does not contain alcohol, bisulfites, gluten, parabens, sodium, or tartrazine.
Do not take acenocoumarol if you:
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