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Gastric Sleeve and now have AFIB. Which drugs Work?



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Just got diagnosed with AFIB and the doctors are pushing Warfarin at the VA where I get treatment. Anybody out there that's been sleeved been put on Warfarin and what side effects did you have and what initial dosage? Any other meds available that people are on? I'm a little worried on any of the meds and I've got zero symptoms--no pains, nothing...

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Can’t comment on any issues with taking blood thinners & the sleeve but there are a lot of way better blood thinners than Warfarin out there now. Years ago everyone was prescribed it but now you rarely hear about it. I also remember some of my mother’s friends who were taken off it saying they generally felt a lot better on their new prescriptions.

If you have concerns contact the doctor who did your surgery. It’s the safest I also always check drug interactions & now ask where the medication is absorbed - stomach or intestines.

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You're pretty far out from your surgery so you may not have this issue, but I found that Xarelto no longer worked for me after surgery. My hematologist actually predicted this because Xarelto needs to be taken with a substantial amount of food to be bio-available. He directed me to switch to Eliquis but my insurance refused to cover it. So we stuck with Xarelto and six months after surgery, I got a clot. Now I am on Lovenox (injectible) twice a day. You may be able to eat enough by now that it won't be an issue for you, see what your doctors say.

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