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Blood. 2011 Dec 8;118(24):6269-73. doi: 10.1182/blood-2011-08-335612. Epub 2011 Sep 12.

Warfarin and acetaminophen interaction: a summary of the evidence and biologic plausibility.

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Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA. renato.lopes@duke.edu

Abstract

Ms TS is a 66-year-old woman who receives warfarin for prevention of systemic embolization in the setting of hypertension, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation. She had a transient ischemic attack about 4 years ago when she was receiving aspirin. Her INR control was excellent; however, over the past few months it has become erratic, and her average dose required to maintain an INR of 2.0 to 3.0 appears to have decreased. She has had back pain over this same period and has been taking acetaminophen at doses at large as 650 mg four times daily, with her dose varying based on her symptoms. You recall a potential interaction and wonder if (1) her acetaminophen use is contributing to her loss of INR control, and (2) does this interaction place her at increased risk of warfarin-related complications?

PMID:
21911832
PMCID:
PMC5524527
DOI:
10.1182/blood-2011-08-335612
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