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Medications to Avoid Before and After Surgery
Medications that increase the chances that you will bleed excessively after surgery include:
Aspirin, enteric-coated, baby, and plain aspirin or any other product containing aspirin. In some cases, we may recommend stopping your aspirin 1 week before surgery. In others cases, low-dose aspirin may be continued based on your medical condition. Please discuss with your surgeon.
Coumadin – discuss this with the prescriber as to the best time to stop this medication before surgery.
Celebrex- stop 1 week prior to surgery.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) - stop 1 week prior to surgery
Naprosyn (Aleve) - stop 1 week prior to surgery
Plavix – discuss this with the prescriber as to the best time to stop this medication before surgery
Some over-the-counter herbs can also effect bleeding. These include chondroitin, dan shen, feverfew, garlic tablets, ginger tablets, ginkgo, ginseng, and quilinggao and fish oil.
After surgery you should avoid all anti-inflammatory medications including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naprosyn (Aleve) and any other prescription anti-inflammatories, unless your surgeon prescribes them. Do not resume these medications until your doctor says that it is okay. You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen) unless otherwise instructed not to do so.
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