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Medication to Avoid Before Surgery Index



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There are a lot of medications that are taken on a daily basis that could pose potential side effects if used with anesthesia. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will go over in detail what you are taking and whether or not you should stop before your surgical procedure. 


  • Disclosing everything that you take, including over the counter herbal and dietary supplements is of utmost importance.

  • There are a lot of aspirin and aspirin containing medication that will inhibit your blood from clotting and can cause problems during surgery.

  • If there are any dietary restrictions because of certain foods containing aspirin, your surgeon will tell you what to stay away from.

  • Ibuprofen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) also contribute to thinning of the blood and can act like an anti-coagulant.

  • MAO inhibitors (which are used for depression) can cause severe problems when combined with anesthesia, especially general anesthesia. The combination can cause dangerously low blood pressure during surgery.

  • Tricyclic antidepressants have the ability to sometimes interact with certain medications that are used during surgery, dental procedures or emergency treatment. These interactions could in crease the likelihood of unwanted side effects.




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