Submitted by Dr T on March 13, 2012 – 9:02am
I am surprised it is only now that your doctors suggest this. Most doctors prescribe Coumadin (warfarin) in patients with Atrial fibrillation (AF) for the prevention of stroke. With proper supervision (and regular monthly testing), it is an excellent and safe drug. A new alternative, dabitagran, is easier to take, but has some drawbacks you should be aware of.
Any treatment has the potential of complications, some of them serious. In the case of coumadin, this has long proven to outweigh the risks & complications caused by a stroke. Occasionally, Plavix and/or aspirin are sometimes used together with a bloodthinner such as coumadin, but only in patients who are difficult to manage or are at high risk for stroke because of other illnesses.
Hope this helps,