Medication Guidelines

Seven to 10 days before surgery, you should stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory agents (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve). Other drugs that should also be stopped seven to 10 days before surgery include Plavix, Narcil or other similar drugs. A complete list of medications and substances that should be stopped before surgery is provided on this page. Anesthesia will review this with you.

  • Do not take vitamin E or any herbal supplements for one week before surgery.
  • If aspirin is prescribed for your heart or problems with your blood vessels, please check with your primary care doctor or cardiologist before stopping this.
  • You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • You may not be aware of the many medicines that contain aspirin. Most medicines that help to relieve the symptoms of cold or sinus congestion contain aspirin. Look at the ingredients on the label.
  • Notify your surgeon if you are on Warfarin (Coumadin) or another anticoagulation medication.

The following is a partial list of other over-the-counter products that contain aspirin or aspirin-like medicine. These may affect bleeding during and after surgery. If you are taking any of these medicines, check with the Anesthesia Department about discontinuing use.

Advil
Alka-seltzer
Aluprin
Anacin
A.P.C. (P.A.C.)
Arthritis-Strength Bufferin
A.S.A and Codeine Compound
(Capsules No. 2 and No. 4)
Ascriptin
Aspergum
Aspirin
Bayer Aspirin
Bufferin
Cephalgesic
Children's Aspirin
Congesprin
Cope
Coricidin
Coumadin
Darvon
Dristan
Duragesic Tablets
Ecotrin
Empirin
Excedrin
Fiorinal
Four-Way Cold Tabs
Ibuprofen
Indocin
Midol
Motrin
Nardil
Naprosyn
Norgesic Tablets
Pepto Bismol
Percodan
Plavix
Phenergan
Robaxisol
Sine-Aid
Sine-Off
Talwin
Tolectin
Triaminicin
Trigesic
Vanquish
Zactrin
Zoma

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