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I drink only when HOLIDAYS ....approximately 3 months a year…

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I drink only when I AM ON HOLIDAYS ....approximately 3 months a year .....this includes around 5 separate destinations for around 15 to 20 days length time .I AM ON XARELTO AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I could continue my practice as before .IN ORDER FOR BLEEDING TO OCCUR in the stomach is 15 days of daily drinking enough time to trigger an episode ?I am not a binge drinker but can consume 8 ounces over a period of one day ......from early afternoon until bed time.... Please give me your opinion and I will be thankful......
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Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love. I am sorry for the delay, but I had to step away from the computer to eat supper.

There is no direct adverse interaction between alcohol and Xarelto. The concern with using alcohol is exactly what you reference - alcohol increases the risk of stomach bkeeding, and any bleeding will be worse when someone is taking Xarelto.

Short term use of alcohol is generally not sufficient to cause stomach bleeding, even for 2-3 weeks. However, if someone has other factors that can contribute to stomach bleeding and then takes alcohol, then it may be sufficient to tip the scales. Other risk factors include anti-inflammatory drugs, caffeine use, and smoking. An infection by a specific germ also is a major contributing factor, but people typically would not know whether an infection is present until it causes problems. Someone with a past history of ulcers or gastritis also is a risk factor for recurrence. If you do not have any of these other factors, then it would be OK to use alcohol at the quantity and frequency that you describe.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

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Would one cup of coffee in the am affect my situation ?

One cup of coffee per day is typically not enough to create risk for stomach bleeding.

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