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How can alcohol affect blood thinner drugs for deep vein thrombosis?

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Be careful about drinking if you're taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin). Your liver breaks down alcohol and some medications. If it's busy working on the alcohol instead of your blood thinner, the level of the drug in your blood will go up and raise your bleeding risk. When you drink, you might get tipsy and lose your balance, too. You don't want to fall and hurt yourself. That could be very dangerous, especially if you hit your head. Having a drink or two every once in a while is probably fine when you're on blood thinners -- just be sure to talk to your doctor. If you're a regular drinker, you may need to get your medication levels checked more often.

SOURCES:

Fiumara, K. , March 2009. Circulation

Gaborit, F.S. , July 2013. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ida Hansen-Krone, PhD, University Hospital of North, Norway.

Hansen-Krone, I. , August 2011. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Peter Lawrence, MD, chief of vascular surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Marco Pahor MD, director, Institute of Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Pahor, M. , September 1996. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Suman Rathbon, MD, director of vascular medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Fiumara, K. , March 2009. Circulation

Gaborit, F.S. , July 2013. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ida Hansen-Krone, PhD, University Hospital of North, Norway.

Hansen-Krone, I. , August 2011. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Peter Lawrence, MD, chief of vascular surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Marco Pahor MD, director, Institute of Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Pahor, M. , September 1996. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Suman Rathbon, MD, director of vascular medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

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