Medical Q&As

Warfarin and pain killers

I am on daily warfarin because of atrial fibrillation. I know that I am not supposed to take aspirin for headache, since it also thins the blood, but would like to know what analgesic I can take for headache or arthritis pain in the neck.

Paracetamol would be an appropriate analgesic for you to take since it does not interact with warfarin. If something stronger was required to relieve your pain you should consult with your doctor. There are several prescription analgesics available that can be taken with warfarin. You should also be aware that there is a potential for interaction between alcohol and warfarin.