Preparing for Surgery

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  • Medications
    • NSAID
    • Skin Creams
  • Vitamins, Herbal Supplements & Herbs

Certain Medications, Vitamins, Herbal Supplements and Herbs taken regularly can have a harmful effect if in the body during surgery.

Medications

NSAID

NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) bleeding, swelling, increase the risk of blood clots, and cause other problems. These should be discontinued to be used 2 weeks prior to surgery and 1 week after surgery. For pain relief Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the only medication that should be taken.

There is a large list of NSAID's, the most common include the following:

  1. Aspirin including Excedrin
  2. Ibuprofen - Advil, Motrin, Nuprin
  3. Naptoxen - Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, Naprelan
  4. COX-2 Inhibitors - Celebrex

Some medications including any form of chemotherapies and Propolis (Bio 30), need to be stopped up to 3 months prior to surgery.

Tell your doctor about all prescriptions you might additionally be taking.

Skin Creams

Salicylates are a class of medications that are frequently given by Dermatologists. These skin creams should also be stopped some time before surgery. They can cause skin irritation when used in combination with the medications given during a surgery.

Vitamins, Herbal Supplements & Herbs

The following vitamins, herbal supplements and herbs are noted to have resulted in problems during surgery and should be discontinued 2 weeks prior and 1 week after surgery.

  1. Agrimony
  2. Alfalfa
  3. Aniseed
  4. Arnica
  5. Artemesia
  6. Asa Foetica
  7. Bishop's Weed
  8. Bladderwrack
  9. Bochu
  10. Bogbean
  11. Boldo
  12. Bromelains
  13. Burdock
  14. Capsicum
  15. Cassio
  16. Celery Seed
  17. Chamomile
  18. Chinese
  19. Chondroitin
  20. Clove
  21. Cod Liver Oil
  22. Coltsfoot
  23. Dandelion
  24. Danshen (Salvia)
  25. Devil's Claw
  26. Dihydroepiandrosteroe (DHEA)
  27. Dong Quai (Angelica)
  28. Echinacea
  29. Ephedra
  30. Fenugreek
  31. Feverfew
  32. Feverfew
  33. Fish Oils (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
  34. Flax Seed
  35. Gamma Linoleic Acid
  36. Garlic
  37. Ginger
  38. Gingko Biloba
  39. Ginkgo
  40. Ginseng
  41. Glucosamine
  42. Goldenseal
  43. Horse Chestnut
  44. Horseradish
  45. Kava
  46. Licorice
  47. Meadowsweet
  48. Melatonin
  49. Melilot
  50. Nattokinase
  51. Onion
  52. Pantethine
  53. Papain (Papaya Extract)
  54. Parsley
  55. Passionflower
  56. Policosanol
  57. Poplar
  58. Prickly Ash
  59. Quassia
  60. Red Clover
  61. Resveratrol
  62. Sea Buckthorn
  63. St. John's Wort
  64. Sweet Clover
  65. Sweet Woodruff
  66. Tonka Beans
  67. Turmeric
  68. Valerian
  69. Vinpocetine
  70. Vitamin C
  71. Vitamin E
  72. Wild Carrot
  73. Wild Lettuce
  74. Willow Bark
  75. Wolfberry
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