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Warfarin & Dried Figs


In Oct 08, I had a bad cough which lasted for about a month.

It was quite bad. My throat felt dry & itchy most of the time, & I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night coughing away. I needed to have a bottle of water beside my bed before I slept. The prolonged coughing made me tired & breathless easily.

I vividly remembered my son's chinese physician who ever mentioned that to treat dry or phlemy cough, one could double-boiled dried figs with pear for an hour & drink the solution. This chinese traditional concocation could help to soothe the lungs & throat, while reducing phlegms.

I was lazy to go through the hassle of preparing & doubling boiling process just to get the concocation. Hence, I bought a packet of dried figs & ate them instead (p.s. the effects could not be too far off right?)

I finished a small packet of dried figs, weighing about 200 grams, in 2 days.

On the 3rd day, out of curiosity, I took my INR & was surprised to see that it was 3.2. My usual range was 2.0 - 2.3. I recalled that my diet for the past few days was quite consistent. Dried figs were the only "something new" which I had introduced to my dietary that week.

Actually, personally, I do not think dried figs will have any interaction with warfarin.

Figs contain vitamin B6, & are a rich source of potassium, calcium & iron. I have also gathered that dried figs are high in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol level. Overindulging may cause diarrhea as dried figs have a laxative effect. 

I was unsure if the increased INR was due to overconsumption of dried figs, or it was something else. I did not have any diarrhea (which might have cause INR to go up).

In any case, the impact of warfarin with dried figs remain a question. In time to come, I may want to try this again to determine if dried figs do have any effects on blood thinning.

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