Background: Salsalate may offer many advantages over other non-steroidal antiinflammatory
agents in patients taking warfarin, however a drug-drug interaction may occur which has
not been reported in the medical literature or by the manufacturer of salsalate.
Objective: To report a case of warfarin potentiation associated with salsalate treatment, which resulted
Method: Clinical review of the course of a patient, who was stable on warfarin when salsalate therapy
was added for chronic pain.
Case Report: A patient taking stable doses of warfarin for over 1 year (with good control) was
prescribed salsalate 3 g/day for pain in his knee and lower back. Approximately 1 month later he
presents to the anticoagulation clinic with bruising and an International Normalized Ratio (INR) of 6.8.
The patient had a good response to his salsalate therapy and wanted to continue it. The warfarin was held
for 3 days and dose lowered by 50 %. His bruising then subsided and he had good control of his warfarin
therapy with INRs ranging from 1.9 to 2.2 over the next 4 months. The patient was then lost to follow up.
Conclusion: This case illustrates a strong association between starting salsalate and subsequent
potentiation of warfarin, which heretofore has not been reported in the medical literature.