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Why can't you drink alcohol if you are taking Coumadin (blood thinners or anticoagulants)? Are there side effects?

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You should not take alcohol as it can lead to a significant rise in your INR or International Normalized Ratio, thus resulting in an increased risk of bleeding. However, your provider should be in a position to determine whether it is safe for you to take alcohol or not. For more information, refer to this link http://www.livestrong.com/coumadin-side-effects/.

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Why is someone two to be exact give thumbs done this is a very accurate answer if you do not know anything about coumarin do not answer I am a nurse RN INR is very important giving you your level and yes sometimes Docs to let patients drink alcohol at small amounts one small glass wine only once a day again based on your INR.
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Alcohol mixed with blood thinners can make you anemic. This means if something causes you to bleed it would be difficult to get the bleeding to stop because your blood will be unable to clot.

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Alcohol also thins your blood. That's why they say not to get a tattoo while drunk. If you are taking blood thinners and drinking then if you were to somehow cut yourself you wouldn't stop bleeding.

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I have been on coumadin for years and none of my Drs ever said no drinking

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My doctor never mentioned it either. However, it is clearly mentioned on my prescription bottles.
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Umm it's cause you're more prone to falling and banging your head while drinking...

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