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Tazymae

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My husband is on warfarin and he needs is blood checked every two weeks. We are leaving tomorrow for about 4 weeks. Is there any place he can go to get his blood checked and then I can call his doctor with the results?? I know this is short notice and I should have taken care of this sooner. Any help is appreciated

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When DH was on warfarin, we used Lab Corp exclusively. You will need to get some prescriptions for the specific test your doctor requires. We got those every year from our doctor. He would write out as many as we thought we needed. When it was time for a blood test, we would look up Lab Corp on line and find one near us. We would walk in, present his prescription and insurance info and they would draw the blood. They send the results to the doctor. You will need the doctor's fax number. We did this for almost six years as we full time. It worked well.

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Depending on your insurance and who they cover, there are many places you could go. I'd call them first and get a referral or at least a referral letter. Often times they will not release the results to YOU (the patient) but may insist that they call your coagulation therapist himself. Getting that referral letter from him will speed things up a whole lot and simplify insurance matters at lot.

Note that there can be a HUGE difference in how different organizations handle reporting INR. Some have a simple stick mechanism like a blood glucose kit and give you immediate results (my regular doctors do this) and others I've found have to actually draw a vial of blood and send it to a lab for processing which can take up to a week to get the results. Your anti coagulation theropist can probably point you to the most convenient place in the area you're heading for and save a bunch of hit and miss results. I would also recommend you KNOW what your protimes are supposed to be in case there is a significant wait to get results. Also get a contact number from the organization you use because I've found more cases than not, where what you ask them to do is far different than what happens and you need to be prepared to get in touch when your doctors don't receive the results you were promised they'd get.
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My wife checks her blood and calls in the results. If it is low or high the message gets to the heart doc and his coumadin girl calls us to change the dose.
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I have been on coumadin since I was eighteen I only test monthly. As stated you will need prescriptions from a dockter you can go to most any clinic or hospital to have a protime done. You then wil want them to send the results to your dockter this can be done via eail or fax, the Doc. can then eail or fax your prescription to a pharmacy you want to use.

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Thank you all so much...it is getting old.....

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I've taken warfarin for years now. Recently, Quest Labs has apparently started entering prescriptions into a computer database which is accessible to Quest labs in various locations so that you can go to any Quest Lab and get your Pt test. I do not know if this is a nation way system or not. My doctor sends them a standing order for six months at a time. I also know that some doctors can directly submit an order for lab tests directly into the Labcorp system. I would check both labs to see if your doctor can just submit a standing order to either Quest or Labcorp that could be used nation-wide.


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My doc changed me to Pradaxa and it does not require monthly blood draws. I love it.


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Tazymae wrote:

Thank you all so much...it is getting old.....

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