How Long Does Coumadin (warfarin) Stay in Your System?

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    Daniel Lee Kulick, MD, FACC, FSCAI

    Dr. Kulick received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal medicine at the Harbor-University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and a fellowship in the section of cardiology at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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How long does Coumadin (warfarin) remain in your system after you stop taking it?

Doctor's response

Coumadin (warfarin) will lose its effects at varying rates, depending on dietary factors, liver function, and other medicines that are being taken. If blood Coumadin levels are in the therapeutic range, in most people the effects are gone within 3-4 days of stopping the medicine. If the Coumadin levels are too high (a toxic level), or a person needs urgent reversal of the drug (due to bleeding or a need for surgery), the effects can be reversed with injection of certain medicines to reverse the effects.

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REFERENCE:

"Warfarin and other VKAs: Dosing and adverse effects"
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Reviewed on 7/11/2017

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