Two female students from the UQU College of Medicine, Hala Jawa and Sarah Munshi, won fourth place in the Dr. Sulaiman Faqih Health Education Competition (fourth season), receiving an award of 25000 SR. This was for their participation in raising awareness about the use of Warfarin, and the medical precautions against its use with therapeutic herbs.
The supervisor of the two students in the competition, Her Excellency Prof. Nahla bint Abdul-Hamid Ayyub, Professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, mentioned that the participation aimed to raise community awareness on the use of medicines and their interaction with food and herbs, in order to avoid the side effects of using the two at the same time.
The Vice Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Wardah Al-Asmari, stressed the college's keenness to support the educational programs provided for the students, and engage them in awareness and educational activities under the direct follow-up of specialized academics and supervisors. This is in order to develop their cognitive outputs, and contribute to raise the level of their awareness and of community health education. She also stressed the role of the competitions in motivating students to search for information and achieve innovation and excellence.
Warfarin is classified as one of the most popular anti-thrombotic drugs for its role in slowing down the blood clotting process, as it prevents the production of vitamin K on which the clotting factors depend. It is prescribed for patients suffering from blood clots or irregular heartbeats, while observing the level of blood liquidity and drug interaction with the body.
When using Warfarin, patients should avoid consuming leafy vegetables, olive oil, egg yolks, garlic, and ginger, and taking analgesics and nutritional supplements. It is recommended to visit a physician if the patient has the symptoms of prolonged bleeding, or finds unexplained bruises.