Coumadin Drug Interactions
Coumadin (warfarin, Jantoven) has a lot of drug interactions! This is one of the key traits of Coumadin that makes it difficult to manage at times. One case I remember was an individual with dual infections going on and they were on Diflucan (fluconazole) for a fungal infection, and Bactrim for a UTI. It had been a couple of days since they had started their courses of each of these, so we asked to check an INR. The INR came back greater than 10 (i.e. the lab wouldn’t read it any higher than that). The higher the INR, the more “thin” the blood and hence the more likely you are to have a bleed. You may often hear that Coumadin is a “blood thinner”. Basically the moral of the story is anytime a drug is changed (increased, decreased, discontinued etc.) you have the potential to alter the levels of Coumadin in the body – depending upon the drug of course, so look it up!
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