Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can I Take Painkillers With Blood Thinners?

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 10:04 AM

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Question: I am on blood thinners. Is it OK to also take a painkiller for teeth pain?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Blood thinner use will not be affected by narcotic pain meds used for occasional dental pain. But the regular use of ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen should be avoided when on blood thinners because they can cause increased negative reactions.

That said, one or two doses will not have a significant effect on most patients, but I still counsel against their use unless prescribed intentionally by their primary physician to reduce the risk of adverse interaction.

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