Managing patients who are taking warfarin and undergoing dental treatment General guidelines
Erythromycin and other macrolide
• If patients on warfarin who require
antibiotics (for example, azithromycin)
dental surgery have an International
Macrolide antibiotics interact with warfarin have liver impairment/high alcohol intake, renal Normalised Ratio (INR) of below
unpredictably and only in certain individuals. Refer to specialist services.
4.0, they can usually receive their
Patients should be advised to be vigilant dental treatment in primary care
for any signs of increased bleeding. without needing to stop their
warfarin or adjust their dose.
patient should be advised to contact the • The risk of thromboembolism after
temporary withdrawal of warfarin
additional INR testing and dose review.
therapy outweighs the risk of oral
bleeding following dental surgery.
Metronidazole interacts with warfarin and
• Patients on warfarin may bleed more
should be avoided if possible. If it cannot be than normal, but bleeding is usually
avoided, the warfarin dose may need to be controlled with local measures.
reduced by a third to a half, and re-adjusted Advice to be given to patients
again when the antibiotic is discontinued. Contact the GP or anticoagulant clinic to Refer to anticoagulation service.
Reschedule the procedure when
patient leaflet, Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: INR is less than 4.0. Refer to
Important information for dental patients. specialist services for dental
Drug interactions
treatment if INR remains above
anti-inflammatory drugs
4.0 or control is erratic.
that amoxicil in interacts with warfarin causing increased prothrombin time and/or bleeding, but documented cases are Dental surgery covered by
relatively rare. Patients requiring a course Drug therapy: if the patient
this advice includes:
requires analgesia, use
vigilant for any signs of increased bleeding.
Treatment where the INR does not
paracetamol. Avoid non-steroidal
anti-inflammatories, for example,
ibuprofen, aspirin and diclofenac.
Clindamycin is restricted to specialist use The use of dihydrocodeine should
and should not be used routinely for dental only be considered for second
infections due to its serious side effects. line pain relief when other drugs
Treatment where the INR does need
There is a single case report of an interaction are unsuitable. Codeine has
no role in dental analgesia.
There is no indication for
routine prescribing of antibiotics
for dental procedures in this
group of patients. See opposite

for further information.
All patient safety incidents should be reported to the PCT using local reporting procedures, or directly to the NPSA using the e-form on the NPSA website at This document was produced with the support of the British Dental Association and advice from the Haemostasis and Thrombosis Task Force of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) – See The information is based on guidance from UK Medicines Information. Surgical management of the primary care dental patient on warfarin. North West Medicines Information Centre. March 2004.


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