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Is alcohol OK for me to have if I take warfarin?

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If you take warfarin, don't drink lots of alcohol in a short period of time -- like at a single meal. That can change your INR and raise your chance of serious bleeding or injury.

As long as you enjoy it in moderation -- 1 to 2 servings a day -- alcohol shouldn�t be a problem. A serving is:

?5 ounces of wine

?12 ounces of beer

?1.5 ounces of hard liquor

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: “Anticoagulants.”

Journal of Pharmacy Practice : “A Comprehensive Review of Potential Warfarin-Fruit Interactions.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Vitamin K and Coumadin -- What You Need To Know.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Warfarin (Coumadin) (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: "Prothrombin time test," "Warfarin diet: What foods should I avoid?"

UW Health: "Coumadin and Warfarin Diet Interactions."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Should you consider taking a fish oil supplement?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 27, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: “Anticoagulants.”

Journal of Pharmacy Practice : “A Comprehensive Review of Potential Warfarin-Fruit Interactions.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Vitamin K and Coumadin -- What You Need To Know.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Warfarin (Coumadin) (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: "Prothrombin time test," "Warfarin diet: What foods should I avoid?"

UW Health: "Coumadin and Warfarin Diet Interactions."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Should you consider taking a fish oil supplement?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 27, 2020

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