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Medication Information

Some medications need to be stopped before your operation. This varies among patients. Your doctor or the nurse in the Surgical Preparation Center will tell you if you need to stop any medications before your operation. Please continue to take your medications unless instructed otherwise.

Dietary Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements, Holistic Supplements
Studies have shown that there are anesthetic interactions with herbal supplements. Please stop taking any dietary supplements fourteen days before your operation, please stop taking any dietary supplements from now until your operation.

Warfarin (Coumadin)
If you take Coumadin, please discuss this with your surgeon at least one week before your operation. You need to obtain special instructions about when to stop this medication.

Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
If you take Lovenox, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. You need to obtain special instructions about when to stop this medication.

Clopidogrel (Plavix)
If you take Plavix, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. Follow your surgeon's instructions whether to continue taking your Plavix or whether to stop taking it before your operation.

Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
If you take Ticlid, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. Follow your surgeon's instructions whether to continue taking your Ticlid or whether to stop taking it before your operation.

Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
You may take Tylenol, if needed, for pain up until the day of your operation.

Aspirin and Drugs
If your doctor wants you to stop aspirin before your operation, stop taking it and products containing aspirin ten days before the operation. Do not stop taking aspirin unless instructed to do so.

Examples of aspirin products:

Alka-Seltzer
Anacin
Anodynos
Arthritis Pain Formula
Arthritis Strength BC Powder
Arthritis Strength Bufferin
Asa Enseals
Asa Suppositories
Ascriptin
Aspercin/Extra
Aspergum
Aspermin/Extra
Aspirin
Aspirtab/Maxumum
Azdone Tablets
Back-Quell
Bayer Aspirin
BC Arthritis Strength Powder
BC Cold Powder
Multi-Symptom Formula/Non-Drowsy Formula
BC Powder/Tablets
Buffaprin/Extra
Buffasal/Maximum
Buffects II
Bufferin
Buffex
Buffinol/Extra
Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever
Damason-p
Darvon Compound
Dasin
Doan's Pills
Easprin
Ecotrin
Emagrin
Empirin
Equagesic
Excedrin
Fiorinal
Gensan
Goody's Tablets/Powder
Halfprin
Heartline
Lortab
Magnaprin
Measurin
Mefenamic Acid
Momentum
Norgesic
Norwich
P-A-C Analgesic Tablets
Pepto-bismol
Percodan
Ponstel
Regiprin
Robaxisal
Saleto
Salocol
Sine-Off Sinus
Soma
Stanback
Supac
Synalgos-DC
Talwin Compound
Tri-Pain
Trigesic
Ursinus Inlay-Tabs
Valesin
Vanquish
Verin
Wesprin
Zorprin

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
If your doctor wants you to stop NSAIDS before surgery, stop taking them three days before surgery. You do not need to stop taking them unless instructed to do so.

Examples of NSAIDS:

Actron
Advil
Aleve
Anaprox
Ansaid
Butazolodin
Cataflam
Celecoxib
Celebrex
Clinoril
Daypro
Diclofenac Potassium/Sodium
Disalcid
Dolobid
Etodolac
Feldene
Fenoprofen
Flurbiproben
Ibuprofen
Indocin
Indomethacin
Ketoprofen
Ketorolac
Lodine
Meclofenamate
Meclomen
Medipren
Meloxicam
Mobic
Monogesic
Motrin
Motrin-IB
Nabumetone
Nalfon
Naprelan
Naprosyn
Naproxen
Nuprin
Orudis
Oruvail
Oxaprozin
Pamprin-IB
Piroxicam
Relafen
Rufen
Salflex
Sulindac
Suprol
Tolectin
Tolmetin
Toradol
Trilisate
Voltaren
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