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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Warning about serious side effects of Warfarin

The US label for warfarin has been strengthened to include a black-box warning about the risk for major or fatal bleeding.SIDE EFFECTS: The two most serious side effects are bleeding and necrosis (gangrene) of the skin. Bleeding can occur in any organ or tissue. Bleeding around the brain can cause severe headache and paralysis. Bleeding in the joints can cause joint pain and swelling. Bleeding in the stomach or intestines can cause weakness, fainting spells, black tarry stools, vomiting of blood, or coffee ground material. Bleeding in the kidneys can cause back pain and blood in urine. Other side effects include purple, painful toes, rash, hair loss, bloating, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin). Signs of overdose include bleeding gums, bruising, nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, and prolonged bleeding from cuts.
Gary Moller comments:
I have referred to this widely prescribed cardio medication in the past as "rat poison" and we are now seeing plenty of evidence why it should never be given to humans.

Only a fraction of the complications resulting from prescription medications ever get to be reported, so when the authorities start requesting special warnings be placed on the packaging of a pharmaceutical, we should take heed. The problem/threat is probably much larger than it appears.

Most complications are so subtle and take so long to manifest that the association may never be noticed, let alone proven. While the big side effects may be fatal, it is the subtle ones that are the most prevalent and often they go un-noticed and are never recorded. If you take careful note of the list of complications above from taking Warfarin (especially the section that I have highlighted for you), you will not be surprised to learn what I am about to tell you:

The osteoporosis drug, Fosamax is associated with "Fossy Jaw" or death of the bone of the jaw, a horrific disease for which there is no effective treatment. Well, it may not be just Fosamax: I can tell you that Warfarin may be producing similar cases of bone death, possibly the result of chronic micro-bleeding into the bone. I am aware of one case where this appears to be happening with the result that this unfortunate person is steadily losing his jaw bones; but these matters are difficult to prove, as I mentioned earlier. What is most astonishing about this horrific case is he is still being prescribed the Warfarin! This stuff is what horror movies are made out of.

If you want effective alternatives to rat poison to reduce cardiovascular risk, try a daily Kiwi Fruit, fish oil, vitamin E, the B Group of vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, plus your usual fruit and veges.

Oh! I almost forgot - and exercise.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

I saw a photograph of a lady who had been on warfarin, it was a closeup of her eye, the white of her eye was swollen from bleeding into hte white of her eyes just behind the surface so much so that it had puffed out to form a bag of unclotted blood. needless to say it was an unpleasant site and a stark reminder of what this drug can do