Medications to Avoid Before Surgery
The drugs listed below can have undesirable side effect that may affect your anesthesia or surgery. Please let your surgeon know if you are currently taking any of these medications.
Achromycin Adan Amitriptyline HCL Amoxapin
Anafranil Asendin Aventyl Carbamezapine
Co-Tylenol Comtrex Desipramine HCL Desyrel
Dilantin Doxepin HCL Effexor Elavil
Ephredra Ephedrine Extrafon Flexeril
Imipramine HCL Isocarboxazin Limbitrol Ludiomil
Maprotiline HCL Matylane Medipren Mystecin-F
Norpramin Nortriptyline HCL Novahistine Omade
Perphenazine Pheneizine sulfate Procarbazine HCL Pseudoephedrine
Sinequan Sumycin Sumontil Tetracycline
Tofranil Tranylcypromine Tri-Cyclen Triavil
Trimpramine maleate Viagra Vibramycin Vioxx
Vivactil White Willow Bark Zomax
VITAMINS/HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: The vitamins and herbal supplements can cause abnormal bleeding problems and can affect your cardiovascular system. Below is a list of herbal supplements/vitamins that may affect surgical outcome and safety. These vitamins/herbal supplements should be avoided for at least two weeks prior to surgery.
Dong Quai Echinacea Ephedra Feverfew
Fish Oils (Omega 3 fatty acids) Gingko Biloba Ginseng Glucosamine
Goldenseal Garlic Kava Licorice
Saw Palmetto St. John’s Wart (all types) Valerian Vitamin C (more than 2000mg daily)
Vitamin E (more than 400mg daily)
DIET PILLS: Patients having surgery must discontinue any diet pills for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. This includes but is not limited to Phenetamine, Reduz, Ephedra (any type), and both Prescription and Over-the-counter non-prescription Diet Pills. Please let your surgeon know if you have any questions about this policy, but the unknown risks of these substances (however small if may be) is simply not worth it when having an elective procedure. Failure to abide by this policy may result in cancellation of surgery.
NICOTINE PRODUCTS: Nicotine reduces the blood flow to the skin any may impair healing. Quitting smoking drastically improves the body’s response to surgery.
Cigarettes Cigars Nicotine Gum/Patches