The anticoagulation clinics provided by Harris Health System's Department of Pharmacy, monitor and manage patients receiving anticoagulation therapy.
This clinical pharmacist-driven referral service is provided at 16 healthcare centers and two hospitals to best meet the needs of our patients. Clinical pharmacy specialists provide dose adjustments and monitor appropriate laboratory tests for anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin®), enoxaparin (Lovenox®), and rivaroxaban (Xarelto®) to prevent or treat blood clots. The clinical pharmacy specialist also serves as an educational resource to patients by providing information on blood clot prevention, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, and signs and symptoms of blood clots and bleeding. Using point-of-care i-STAT® machines, patients are able to obtain immediate blood levels (PT/INR) results.
Warfarin (Coumadin®) Patient Education• My Warfarin Therapy Booklet (PDF)• Tablet Colors /Color de Tableta (PDF)• Common Drug Interactions (PDF)• Warfarin and Use with Over the Counter and Herbal Medications (PDF)• Foods containing Vitamin K (PDF)
When to Contact your Anticoagulation Provider (Monday – Friday, during clinic hours):• Prior to starting any new vitamin, prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medication• If you experience a significant fall or head injury• When planning a trip especially if requires long flights or significant time in a vehicle• For upcoming surgeries and procedures• If you become pregnant and are receiving Coumadin®• Recent hospitalization and/or emergency department visit• Questions about medication dose and instructions
When to call 911 or go to the Emergency Department:• Bleeding that will not stop• Sudden slurred speech or unable to talk• Changes in vision• New pain, swelling and redness in arms or legs• Trouble breathing or chest pain• Sudden weakness in arm or leg• Dizziness or fainting
Contacting your Anticoagulation Provider:
Essie Collins, PharmD
Caitlin Dickens, PharmD, BCPS
Mita Gupta, PharmD, BCPS(Tuesday-Friday)
Rosemary Akachukwu, PharmD, BCACP
Tasany Lazard, PharmD
Jodie Gee, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Allison Torregrossa, PharmD
Helpful Links and References
The National Alliance for Thrombosis and ThrombophiliaClot CareAmerican Heart AssociationAntiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Foundation of America