Warfarin & Dried Figs
In Oct 08, I had a bad cough which lasted for about a
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
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
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
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.