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Can you still smoke when taking Coumadin? Does smoking hinder Coumadin from working in your body? My husband is on Coumadin, and started smoking again.
I often have patients ask me if they can smoke. My reply is usually pretty sarcastic: "You can do anything you want, but smoking is going to kill you."
OK, sarcasm aside, the answer to your question is that we don't know for sure. There are conflicting reports in the literature, with some saying that smoking more will decrease the INR. There are isolated case reports as well of this but so far no definitive evidence. Other reports have shown no difference.
There's no reason for your husband to take the risk with his health in general and especially when using a medication like Coumadin® (warfarin). He should talk with his doctor about quitting. There are a lot of ways to work at quitting smoking including very good classes and support groups. His physician can also talk to him about medications that might help.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. I send you and your husband every good wish at success.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Will apple cider
vinegar help my acid reflux while I am on Coumadin (warfarin)?
Is it okay to cook with garlic while on Coumadin (warfarin)?
Are juicers a good idea for those on Coumadin (warfarin)?
Is my husband's Coumadin dosage stable because he eats a big salad every day?
Are freeze dried acai berries and changa mushroom powder OK with Coumadin?
Are Aronia berries (chokeberries) safe with Coumadin?
Thanks for your lists of foods containing Vitamin K!
Can you eat green pickled tomatoes if you are on Coumadin (warfarin)?
Does eating garlic counteract eating high amounts of Vitamin K?
Will non-alcoholic beer affect your Coumadin dose?
Is Lean Cuisine Coumadin safe?
Does grapefruit really interact with medications? (See also....)
Are almonds a good snack for those on Coumadin?
Is regular tea, iced or hot, contraindicated while taking Coumadin?