This information is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD).
Warfarin resistance is a condition that is characterized by a high tolerance for a “blood-thinning” medication called warfarin. Warfarin is an anticoagulant that is often prescribed to people who are at an increased risk for blood clots. Some people with a warfarin resistance do not respond to the drug at all, while others can achieve the benefits of warfarin treatment at a high dose. In either case, affected people will still be at an elevated risk for blood clots when given the standard dose of warfarin. The metabolism of warfarin and the drug’s effects in the body are complex traits that are determined by several genes as well as environmental and lifestyle factors such as gender, age, weight, diet, and other medications. One specific genetic polymorphism in the VKORC1 gene accounts for approximately 20% of variation in the response to warfarin and can be passed on to future generations in an autosomal dominant manner.
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