“How do you say ‘warfarin’ in…”
It is one thing navigating a menu in a foreign country, but if you need to talk to someone about your medication, it is important not to get it wrong. These are the words for “warfarin” in:
- France – “coumadine”
- Portugal – “varfine”
- Spain – “aldocumar”
- Australia and New Zealand – “marevan”
- India – “warfen”
- Thailand – “befarin”
So now you have mastered how to say warfarin in another language, let’s talk about the practicalities of self-testing overseas.
Keeping on top of your dosage
You’ll no doubt already have a routine for when you take your medication. But what happens when you cross time zones? It is just a matter of taking your warfarin at the same time as you would at home. For example, if you are travelling to Florida and you would usually take your medication at 4pm GMT – take it in Florida at 11am EST (Eastern Standard Time). This allows you to work around the 5-hour time difference. You might find that setting reminders on your phone is a good way to help you remember when to take your dosage.
It is important to maintain your balance, so we recommend paying a visit to your healthcare professional. They will be able to guide you towards the best possible routine while you’re away. If you accidentally miss a dose, general advice is to not take a double dose at any time. Just keep a note of it in your yellow book and remember to tell your healthcare professional when you return. However, if you need immediate medical help, make sure you have the number for a nearby hospital to hand.
A few things to consider
Before you set off, ask your doctor if any of the vaccines you might need have an impact on warfarin. It is also worth noting that warfarin should be stored out of sunlight and at room temperature. So be sure to store in a safe place when out and about. Remember to also carry extra medication too. This is just in case you need to adjust your dosage while away. After all, no one wants to spend extra money on prescriptions abroad.
Then when it comes to packing, check the rules and regulations of the airline you’re flying with. Most will allow you to travel with capped lancets if you provide a GP’s letter explaining your need for a medical device. You’ll also need to bring your warfarin in its original packaging, within your hand luggage. This is just to avoid confusion with security. It is important to keep your medication and your CoaguChek with you- just in case your hold luggage goes missing.
Last but not least, remember to check where the nearest hospital or available clinic is to where you’re staying. This way, in the unlikely event you need medical attention – you know exactly where to go.
We hope you found this article helpful and hope you have a great trip. If you have any travel tips of your own for other self-testers, why not share them on our Facebook page?