Warfarin sodium (Coumadin)
Clients who are receiving anticoagulant therapy should consult the physician before undergoing any dental work. The dentist should also be aware that the client is taking anticoagulants.
A soft toothbrush is desirable for oral hygiene if the client is receiving anticoagulant therapy; it helps prevent the gums from bleeding.
Rectal suppositories are contraindicated during anticoagulant therapy because their insertion may cause bleeding.
Stool softeners may be used instead to prevent straining, which also may promote bleeding.
Green leafy vegetables should not be eaten in excess because of their vitamin K content, which may alter the effectiveness of the anticoagulant therapy.
Antidote for Coumadin is Vitamin K