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What Should I Stop Taking Before Plastic Surgery?

My surgeon told me I needed to stop taking birth control 2 weeks before my surgery due to blood clots. What else should I stop taking and how long before? I take a multi-vitamin that has vitamin e in it, not sure if I should stop taking it. I also take green tea, B-6, B-12, and acidophilus. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Aspirin and blood thinners should be avoided for 2 weeks before surgery. Vitamin E should also be avoided.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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What to stop prior to surgery (a partial list)

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The list of drugs/medications to stop before surgery can include many different agents which may impair healing or produce an increased change of bleeding or clotting.This does not include herbal medications/supplements which should be stopped at least 2 weeks prior. It does not include oral contraceptive medications which some suggest should be stopped 2-6 weeks prior. It does not include some food restrictions including cessation of alcohol. A representative but not all inclusive list is below:

Advil

Alcohol

Aleve

Alka Seltzer (Effervescent Tablet)

Alka Seltzer (Cold Medicine Tablet)

Anacin Tablets and Caplets (Maximum

Strength)

Arthralgen tablets

Arthritis Strength Bufferin Tabs

Arthropan Liquid

Arthrotec

ASA Tablets Enseals

Ascriptin with Codeine

Ascriptin Tablets

Ascriptin AD Tablets

Ascriptin Extra Strength

Aspirbuf Tablets

Aspergum

Axotal Tablets

Bayer Aspirin Tablets

Bayer Children’s Aspirin Tablets

Bayer Children’s Cold Tablets

Bayer Timed-Release Aspirin

Tablets

BC Tablet and Powder

Buff-A Comp #3 Tablets with

Codeine

Buffaprin Tablets

Bufferin Tablets

Bufferin Arthritis Strength Tablets

Bufferin extra-Strength Tablets

Bufferin with Codeine #3 Tablets

Buffets II Tablets

Buf-Tabs

Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever

Celebrex

Congesprin Chewable tablets

Cope tablets

Cosprin tablets

Coumadin

CP-2 Tablets

Darvon with ASA Pulvules

Darvon Compound Pulvules

Darvon Compound 65

Darvon N with ASA

Dasin Capsules

Daypro

Dinol Tablets

Disalcid Capsules

Doan’s Pills

Duoprin’s Syrup

Duoprin Caps

Duradyne tablets

Durasal Tablets

Dynosal Tablets

Easprin

Ecotrin Tablets

Efficin Tablets

Emagrin Tablets

Empirin Tablets

Empirin with Codeine Tablets

Equagesic Tablets

Excedrin Tablets and Caps

Fenoprofen

Fiorinal Tablets

Fiorinal with Codeine

Four-Way Cold Tablets

Gaysal-S Tablets

Gemisin Tablets

Goody’s Headache Powder

Ibuprofen

Indomethacin

Indocin

Indo-Lemmon Capsules

Lanorinal Tablets

Magan Tablets

Magsal Tablets

Marnal Caps

Maximum Bayer Aspirin

Measurin Tablets

Meclomen

Meclofenamate

Medipren

Mefenamic Acid

Midol Caplets

Methocarbamol with Aspirin Tablets

Micrainin Tablets

Mobidin Tablets

Mobigesic Tablets

Momentum Muscular Backache

Formula Tablets

Motrin

Nalfon

Naprosyn

Naproxen

Neocylate Tablets

Norgesic & Norgesic Forte Tablets

Nuprin

Orudis

OS-Cal Gesic Tablets

Pablate

Pablate-SF Tablets

Pepto Bismol Tablets and Suspension

Percodan & Percodan-ASA Demi Tablet

Persistin Tablets

Plavix

Propoxyphene Compound 65

Piroxicam (Feldene)

Robaxisal Tablets

Rufen

S-A-C Tablets

St. Joseph Aspirin for Children

St. Joseph Cold Tablets for Children

Sine-off Sinus Medicine Tablets

SK-65 Compound Caps

Stanback Tablets and Powder

Supac Caps

Synalgos Caps

Synalgos-DC Capsules

Talwin Compound Tablets

Trendar

Tolectin

Triaminicin Tablets

Trigsesic

Trilisate Tablets & Liquid

Ultram

Uracel

Vanquish

Verin

Vitamin E Supplement

Voltaren

Zorprin Tablets

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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