Medications and Herbal Supplements to Avoid Before and After Surgery

For your procedure, there are a number of medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements to avoid. If you are taking any of these, please let Dr. Sailon know during your consultation.

Any of the following will increase your risk of bleeding or other complications and should be stopped at least 2 weeks before and after your procedure, if possible. Please note this list is not exhaustive and only reflects the most commonly encountered problematic drugs.

Over-the-counter medications:
Aspirin (includes Alka-Seltzer, Bayer, Excedrin)
Ibuprofen (includes Advil, Motrin)
Naproxen (includes Aleve, Naprosyn)

Tylenol (acetaminophen) will NOT increase your bleeding risk and can be used as directed for pain, fever, or headaches.

Herbal Supplements
Chromium
Echinacea
Ephedra
Feverfew
Fish Oil
Flaxseed
Garlic
Goldenseal
Ginger
Ginkgo
Ginseng
Licorice
Kava-Kava
Saw Palmetto
St. John’s Wort
Valerian Root
Vitamin C & E

Prescription medications
Apixaban (Eliquis)
Cialis
Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
Heparin
Indomethacin (Inodcin)
Ketorolac (Toradol)
Nitroglycerin
Omega 3 fatty acids
Percodan (Percocet is different and may be used)
Plavix
Salsalate (Salflex)
Viagra
Warfarin (Coumadin)

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