Warfarin and non-op cosmetic procedures

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Can someone tell me if it is safe for warfarin patients to undertake non-operative cosmetic/alternative therapies?

I am particuarly curious about professional teeth whitening as well as colonic irrigation.

The former is something I've wanted for a while, but I wonder if a dentist would take me as a patient.

The latter I have had before and find it helps feel less sluggish, but often places state they won't take you if you've a history of blood clots.

I am 32, on 13mg, stable INR of 2-3, and suffered a clot in my brain.

Any medical advice would be appreciated.

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    What do you mean by 13 mg  ally ? 

    Im not sure dentists  like working with us warfarin folks ..they don't like the idea of cutting us accidentally .  Don't know if whitening would be ok but can't see why not really. 

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    Hi Ally

    13mg seems quite high. I am on 3 to 3.5mg to maintain INR 2-3

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    Yep 13mg of Warfarin daily... it is high, but it keeps my INR stable, so I don't argue! smile


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    I am on  2 - 2.5  alternate days to maintain  target of three .  That's a heck of a lot of warfarin . I hope you maintain your numbers . It's taken me three yrs to get to fortnightly blood testing as it was all over the place , sometimes twice a week for bloods . I looked up your question re dentist and I think they will take you on as long as you tell them . Xxx
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    Hi Ally,

    I think it all depends on the dentist really. I've been on Warfarin for a year and a half now after a second blood clot in my leg. My dentist just asked to see my yellow INR booklet and that was it. They've offered me tooth whitening etc several times since I started taking the Warfarin.

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