I used to drink beer with Warfarin and my other heart medications, but I was on a low dose of Warfarin.
But, then I asked my doctor to bump the dose up to max, so that I would be more protected against stroke. Since the increase in my Warfarin, I have not had any alcohol at all. I just don't want to take a chance with excess or dangerous bleeding.
How much Warfarin are you taking and what is your INR?
I just started this Tuesday and scheduled for my first blood test Wednesday. I'm started with 2.5mg Warafin and 25mg Motoprolol for irregular heartbeat. I had a heart attack 24 years ago and my right artery is completely blocked. Have been feeling good except for the irregular heartbeat that sometimes last for 4-6 hours straight
None of your fellow patients, here on HealthBoards, can say for sure how safe it is mixing beer and warfarin. I used to do it, and got away with it. But, as you realize, there is some risk of excess bleeding associated with alcohol and warfarin.
The risk of drinking alcohol with medications, that lower the blood pressure, is that the alcohol might cause the blood pressure to drop too much. I never had a problem with drinking beer and taking blood pressure meds, but that doesn't mean that someone else might not get a real nasty reaction by doing the same thing.
Personally, I really miss my beer. I can't drink beer anymore, partially because of the high dose of warfarin, but mostly because drinking beer or alcohol causes my heart to beat erratically and causes breathing problems. So...... I've given up drinking beer against my will!
Originally Posted by silverbeast
I had a heart attack 24 years ago and my right artery is completely blocked.
Sorry that you suffered that heart attack. At least you haven't had another one for a long time!
What are you going to do about the blockage? Does it slow you down at all? Make you feel tired?
Just out of curiosity, does your nickname of silverbeast mean that you like Coors?
The blockage happended in 1988 and they were reluctant to open the artery for fear of another heart attack. I went on a moderate excersize routine and the smaller vessels took up the slack. Problem is that I retired four years ago and have not stayed on any excersize schedule. The name silverbeast refers to my 2010 silver ZR1 Corvette