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how does alcohol consumption affect an inr?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
unpredictable: Acute alcohol use can either increase or decrease the inr in a given individual. Chronic alcohol use with liver damage interferes with the production of clotting factors and will cause a more profound rise of inr with a given dose of warfarin/coumadin or, with cirrhosis, raise the inr on no anticoagulant at all.

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What is fetal alcohol syndrome?

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Congenital problem: If the developing baby is exposed to excess alcohol then it can develop abnormalities in brain function as well as facial development. People with fetal alcohol syndrome can also have emotional difficulties. No one really knows how much alcohol is too much for the baby so we generally advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol.
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Should I be concerned if I consumed alcohol before I knew I was pregnant?

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Probably not: Habitual, or alcoholic, drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome which causes major problems for the newborn. Just one or two drinks will not cause this, but you should not drink alcohol if you are pregnant, just to be safe.
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What must I avoid or limit in my diet while breastfeeding besides alcohol?

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What are the effects on drinking alcohol on anti-depressants?

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Runs against them: Using both alcohol and antidepressants together runs the risk of intoxication and sedation -- more than expected with either alone. Also in the long run, alcohol is a depressant, and disrupts sleep cycle. Your antidepressant will be fighting this, in a sense. Alcohol may give the temporary illusion of improved mood, but repeated binges can also dysregulate -- rather than even out -- your mood.
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