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I'm on warfarin and have the flu what can I take?

Even though warfarin (Coumadin) is one drug that interacts with many other medications, most typical cough and cold medications work well with it. Avoid aspirin and NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Aleve). If you must take a fever reducer or something for aches and pain, use Tylenol (acetaminophen) sparingly.

Antihistamines (diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine etc), the OTC cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DM), Mucinex (guaifenesin) and oral decongestants (Sudafed) do not interact with warfarin.

If you ever notice bleeding, contact your physician immediately. Get your blood tested regularly as ordered by your doctor.

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