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I take warfarin because I have factor v leiden and I've already had my monthly blood test, but my pcp prescribed an antibiotic. Should I retest soon?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Any antibiotic can raise your protime/inr level.
It is important to monitor closely around the use of antibiotics because of the loss of intestinal bacteria, which ordinarily produce vitamin k counteracting and balancing Coumadin (warfarin) activity. In the absence of these bacteria, your INR level can get very high, putting you at high risk for bleeding problems. Keep in close contact with your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Any antibiotic can raise your protime/inr level.
It is important to monitor closely around the use of antibiotics because of the loss of intestinal bacteria, which ordinarily produce vitamin k counteracting and balancing Coumadin (warfarin) activity. In the absence of these bacteria, your INR level can get very high, putting you at high risk for bleeding problems. Keep in close contact with your doctor.
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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine
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In brief: Warfarin interaction

Warfarin can interact with many antibiotics or other prescription drugs and you should always be aware when a new medication is prescribed.
If you are generally in good control with your inr and your warfarin doses do not often need to be adjusted then you probably do not need to be tested prior to your regularly scheduled time as long as the antibiotic is not given for longer than 2 weeks.

In brief: Warfarin interaction

Warfarin can interact with many antibiotics or other prescription drugs and you should always be aware when a new medication is prescribed.
If you are generally in good control with your inr and your warfarin doses do not often need to be adjusted then you probably do not need to be tested prior to your regularly scheduled time as long as the antibiotic is not given for longer than 2 weeks.
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