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Review: could Warfarin sodium cause Shortness of breath (Breathing difficulty)?

Summary: Shortness of breath is found among people who take Warfarin sodium, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Digoxin, and have Atrial fibrillation/flutter.

We study 47,448 people who have side effects while taking Warfarin sodium from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,664 have Shortness of breath. Find out below who they are, when they have Shortness of breath and more.

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Warfarin sodium

Warfarin sodium has active ingredients of warfarin sodium. It is often used in blood clots. (latest outcomes from 49,198 Warfarin sodium users)

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath has been reported by people with high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (latest reports from 165,355 Shortness of breath patients)

On Jan, 13, 2015: 47,431 people reported to have side effects when taking Warfarin sodium. Among them, 2,664 people (5.62%) have Shortness Of Breath.

Trend of Shortness of breath in Warfarin sodium reports

Time on Warfarin sodium when people have Shortness of breath * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Shortness of breath30.89%31.94%7.85%7.33%12.04%7.33%2.62%

Gender of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Warfarin sodium * :

FemaleMale
Shortness of breath49.41%50.59%

Age of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Warfarin sodium * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Shortness of breath0.00%0.00%0.37%1.66%3.35%7.00%15.36%72.27%

Severity of Shortness of breath when taking Warfarin sodium ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Shortness of breath5.88%58.82%29.41%5.88%

How people recovered from Shortness of breath ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Shortness of breath0.00%10.00%90.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Atrial fibrillation (422 people, 15.84%)
  2. Hypertension (164 people, 6.16%)
  3. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (104 people, 3.90%)
  4. Pain (101 people, 3.79%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (96 people, 3.60%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Digoxin (702 people, 26.35%)
  2. Aspirin (610 people, 22.90%)
  3. Furosemide (596 people, 22.37%)
  4. Lasix (454 people, 17.04%)
  5. Lisinopril (403 people, 15.13%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    I am a pharmacy student in his final year on rotation at the VA Memorial Hospital. While working up a patient I noticed she has called many times complaining of "panic attacks" stating that she can't breath and has chest tightness. Over the previous two week I also noticed she has been to the ER for these same symptoms.

    Patient is a 61 year old female, with history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, migraine without aura, and while I don't see a specific diagnosis the patient current has a script for albuterol and at one time had a script for ipratropium. Patient has been a lifelone smoker who quit this past June.

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    During my first look into propranolol, the very first page said, "Check with your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:
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    I tried to find Dr. Kassem to no avail. I wanted to know exactly where she got this information. I would like to find some primary literature on this topic but haven't had any luck. I need proof, because as of right now I'm a student being told that "she has been on this agent for 28 years, I doubt it's bothering her now." I'm not buying it and I think something is here.

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    -Experiencing "shortness of breath" and "Chest tightness" that she and everyone else is called anxiety and/or panic attacks.

    I think the propranolol, while not the cause of these problems, is certainly exacerbating them. Does anyone have proof of this happening; peer reviewed articles, anything. My rotation is done in 2 weeks and I know no one will ever look into this again after I'm gone.

    ps... forgive any typos
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