I take Coumadin (Warfarin), can I go on the OPTAVIA Program?

Note: This information does not in any way constitute medical advice, an attempt to diagnose a medical condition, or a substitute for medical treatment. OPTAVIA recommends that you contact your healthcare provider before starting and throughout your weight loss journey.

If you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) to prevent or limit the growth of blood clots, getting a consistent amount of vitamin K each day is typically required for the drug to work properly. We recommend you consult your healthcare provider prior to changing your daily intake of vitamin K so medication can be adjusted if necessary. 

Each OPTAVIA Fueling provides approximately 20% of the daily value (24 micrograms) for vitamin K. Having five OPTAVIA Fuelings per day provides roughly 100% of the daily requirement for vitamin K (about 120 micrograms of vitamin K), depending on which meals are chosen. Refer to the Nutrition Facts Label on each Fueling for the exact amount of vitamin K. The OPTAVIA Snacks, Flavor Infusers, and Flavors of Home® are not significant sources of vitamin K.

The Lean & Green meal may be an additional source of vitamin K, depending on food choices. Dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, as well as okra, scallions, broccoli, and cabbage, are rich sources of vitamin K. Mushrooms, hearts of palm, kohlrabi, jicama, turnips, radishes, fennel, squash, cucumbers, and eggplant have lower amounts of vitamin K. Again, consuming a moderate, consistent amount of foods with vitamin K is typically recommended for those taking Coumadin (warfarin), so it is important that you pay attention to the types and amounts of foods you are having for the Lean & Green meal and work closely with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

Be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to and throughout your journey with OPTAVIA so that he or she can monitor blood work regularly and adjust your medication if and when needed.

The OPTAVIA Overview for Healthcare Providers is a good resource for you to share with your healthcare provider so they understand the program and meal plan options.