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Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Hobart, Oklahoma
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Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Hi,

We are planning to travel to Europe 1 June 2011, however I am on life long Warfarin therapy. Would be interested to hear from persons in Australia who have undertaken long haul flights, how they regulated the need to take 24 hourly, the effect (if any) air travel has on INR levels etc. I am unable to utilise the self monitoring 'gadget' due to having the Lupus anticoagulent, anticaridiolipin antibodies and APS along with several other components of Connective Tissue disease. Any experiences/advice would be greatly appreciated - with thanks - Marie

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Sydney
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51. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

I am also on aspirin as well as warfarin as the cardiologists think it enhances protection against strokes etc. my cardiac surgeon is ambivalent about the combination but thinks on the whole that it is better to be proactive.

Chesterfield...
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52. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Julie 888

WOW Over here that would be a HUGE No No here in the UK

AFAIK the NICE committee (they regulate medicines in the UK) have banned the combination except for in-patients under strict observation (but I stand to be corrected)

geelong
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53. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

I am on wharfrin longterm.I'm planning to travel to bali what precautions do I need to take prior to and on the plane,

Melbourne, Australia
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54. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Just thought my experience may be helpful. Been on warfarin for 6 years for DVT/PEs. I have been overseas about 6 times since then. Australia is my base. I bought a Roche Coagucheck INR machine (not cheap) and monitor my own INR whilst overseas. If I have a problem I text my very lovely haematologist but overwise have pretty much done my own dosing whilst overseas.

I do wear stockings only on flights more than about 3 hours and wander round every hour or two or my legs get really restless. I figure therapuetic warfarin puts me at less risk than most people on a plane to get clots.

The other thing I have sometimes done is rather than adjust for time zones, just keep taking the warfarn each 24 hours, so when in Europe for a week or two I just take it in the morning rather than the evening in Australia, that way I don't have to worry about 12 hours time difference. Then when I come back it goes back to the normal time. Can be harder to rememebr to take then though.

Lastly, I have got travel insurance every time I've travelled. In Australia I've used Covermore. But recently trying to find medical only insurance I have had a lot more trouble. Select only companies tend to be more exclusive.

When I started on warfarin some tool of a doctor told me I should never travel to a non-first world english speaking country again. Fortunately since then I've had specialists and a GP a lot more willing to work to make my travel possibilities eventuate.

Good luck, and it is possible.

Middlemount
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55. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

we are gong to canada and alsaka plus Usa inb July for 8 weeks my husband has a problem with his heart rythm what precautions do we neednto take for him being on Warfin he has been on medicaton for about 4 weeks

Middlemount
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56. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

we are traveliong to canada alaska and usa in july for 8 weekjs what gujidelines should we takre while travelling Kevin ahs been on warfin for 4 weeks.

Chesterfield...
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57. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Celestine

first thing is to check with your GP as 4 weeks is not a very long time to been on Warfarin to get stable Hope that your Kevin copes OK remembering to take it even now I set my mobile phone alarm to remind me and I've been taking it for 10 years

then check your travel insurance companies does and don'ts

With Warfarin I would ALWAYS have insurance and my Doctors clearance to go wherever we were planning to go - - IF the doctors advice was don't go there then we would look at alternatives

Blackpool, United...
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58. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

My husband has various health problems for example.A/F. Angina. COPD. Diet controlled Diabetes. and is now due to the A/F on Warfarin.He has been refused travel insurance. I wonder if anyone out there can advise me if and where they got Travel Insurance. Many thanks. Anne.

Chesterfield...
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59. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

th0masd8

Who have you tried ? How are you going on holiday ?

I use various companies but for our Touring Caravan holidays we use the Caravan Clubs Red Pennant as it is really good and cost effective

but

when we are on Package holidays I use All Clear usually sometimes they can be expensive but have not refused me travel insurance due to my

Atrial fibrillation

Spinal Fusion

Chronic Active Pancreatitis (I have to have not been in hospital with this for 2 years though to qualify)

I have found it best to telephone one of their advisers as you get answers as to why they charge what they do

Direct message me if you need any specific help

Blackpool, United...
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60. Re: Travelling whilst on Warfarin (blood thinners)

Thank you for your reply.I will try the companies that you mentioned. If I have any luck I will let you know. Many thanks.Anne.

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